- Po Bronson, What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question, New York: Ballantine Books, 2005.
- Bob Buford, Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1997.
- Civic Ventures, Metlife Foundation/Civic Ventures New Face of Work study, San Francisco: Civic Ventures, 2005.
A movement to redefine retirement around active civic engagement and a movement among architects and planners to promote traditional neighborhood design share crucial goals. Both are critical of post-World War II development patterns. Both promote community building across generational (and other) barriers.
In 1900, the average American could expect to live to the age of 47.
Today, the figure is 76, with continuing increases anticipated in the new century.
The addition of three decades to the lifespan in less than a hundred years – an increase in longevity greater than the total change over the previous 5,000 years – constitutes one of the most remarkable gifts of the 20th century.
Not long after retiring from his medical practice, 60-year-old Bill Schwartz encountered one of his former patients in downtown San Mateo, Calif. Half recognizing Schwartz as she brushed by him on the busy street, the woman whirled around and exclaimed: "Didn't you used to be Dr. Schwartz?!" Schwartz was delighted to inform her that although he was no longer seeing private patients, he remained every bit the good doctor.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?
Former Beatle John Lennon would have been 64 years old on Saturday.
When Paul McCartney wrote the song "When I'm Sixty-Four" in the late 1950s, 64 must have seemed ancient. But during the past half century, dramatic forces have altered the landscape. Today's 64-year-olds aren't elderly, frail, tired or retired. They're vital and vigorous, and they still want to change the world.
Unlike any previous generation, today's 64-year-olds have:
The baby boomers are the largest generation in American history. This generation born between 1946 and 1964 is twice as large in number as the generation that precedes it, and half again as large as the generation that follows it. Baby boomers have caused significant economic, political, and social changes – sometimes bordering on revolutions – as they have moved through the demographic pipeline of American life. And now they are starting to retire, which will have dramatic implications for community colleges, as it will for the rest of society.