Aging & Older Adult Services

Maybe You Can Afford a Gap Year, After All

By: Marci Alboher

My colleague Marc Freedman has been talking up the idea of midlife gap years – a time to take stock, take a step back, and figure out next steps. It needn’t be a full year, though there is something about a full cycle of seasons that seems consistent with beginning a move into a new life stage. We allow young people lots of time for wandering and experimenting, why not the same for those in their encore years?


Last year, 40 percent of U.S. residents 55 and older were in the workforce, a percentage that has grown since 1993. And the percentage of workers older than 65 has continued to rise, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's analysis of census figures. With this surge comes the necessity for encore careers as a means to continue working in the second half of life.

Bloomberg Businessweek Honors Purpose Prize Winner

Recognizing the innovative way she is keeping seniors out of nursing homes, Bloomberg Businessweek has named Purpose Prize winner Conchy Bretos one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs of 2011.


Do you think of yourself as "young old"? Are you one of the "working retired"? If so, you're in what author Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, calls the "oxymoronic years." With people living healthier, longer lives, Freedman's book argues for creating a map of life that includes a new stage between the middle years and true old age.

Video production company Nextnik this week released a new video that illustrates the dilemma boomer transition – from worker to retiree to … what? Videographer Mike Kravinsky, who runs Nextnik, took his inspiration from The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, a book by Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman.

The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, by Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman, argues that society is not acknowledging one simple obvious fact: While we are all getting older, most of us are not yet old. With decades of healthy living opening up between retirement and old age, there is a new stage of life, the encore stage. Freedman explains to Prime Time Radio host Mike Cuthbert why people in this new stage of life will soon be America’s largest and possibly most important demographic.

Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, eloquently argues that it is now time for society and culture to embrace a new life stage between middle age and old age. This shift, he says on this , is a “pull not only toward a new phase of work but toward a different kind of life and a new set of priorities.”

Everybody knows that once you hit 50 in Silicon Valley you're pretty much finished. If you're in your 50s in the valley, you're most likely in a defensive crouch, waiting for the latest economic storm to blow over and wishing your kids would just graduate from college already and start paying their own bills. Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, has been working for years to change that sort of thinking.

In his new book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman offers a road map for boomers as they venture into a new stage of life after middle age, but before old age. Americans are living longer – the average life expectancy is now 77.9 – and many people are working longer, too, either by choice or by necessity.

Job Search Strategies for Older Workers

This free workshop, on July 27, 2011, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will present strategies for competing in the new workplace, updating your skills, networking, dealing with ageism and avoiding job scams.

Start: 06/27/2011 - 7:30 p.m.
End: 06/27/2011 - 9 p.m.

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