In this excerpt from the new book The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, author Marc Freedman (founder and CEO of Civic Ventures) explains how at age 50, he made a startling realization. He says he was burning out, but nowhere near retirement – and he wasn't alone.
With thousands of people a day turning 60 and the widespread fear they’ll eventually bankrupt Social Security, at times it can feel the country is headed for a battle between young and old over federal government dollars. Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, hopes to help stem that tide with the publication of his new book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife.
Big Shift Author Marc Freedman to Launch Tour April 5
03/30/2011 - 11:19:00am
So many Americans are finding themselves in a new stage of life. They are neither young nor old. They still have much to contribute but don’t always know how.
Does that describe you?
Scores of women today are changing the aging experience for the better by providing us with new models for positive aging. Jan Hively, for one, became a Purpose Prize fellow in her 70s and is the founder of the Vital Aging Network at the University of Minnesota. Shift, an organization she co-founded, supports people in midlife transitions who are looking for greater meaning in life and work.
Help Spread the Word About The Big Shift
03/16/2011 - 07:16:28am
Marc Freedman’s new book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, promises to spark discussion about an encore stage of life characterized by purpose, contribution and commitment.
If you want to talk about it – and tell your friends to talk about it – here are a few simple things you can do.
Marc Freedman Discusses His New Book: `The Big Shift' (Chicago)
Start: 05/04/2011 - 6 p.m.
End: 05/04/2011 - 7:30 p.m.
The 60-somethings headed our way will invent an entirely new stage of life – the encore years – between the end of middle adulthood and anything resembling old age and retirement. We brand them the young-old, or the working-retired. Or maybe just the oxymoronic years. Here's an excerpt from The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, a new book by Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman.
Marc Freedman Discusses His New Book: `The Big Shift' (Boston/Newton)
Start: 04/08/2011 - 8:30 a.m.
End: 04/08/2011 - 11 a.m.
As the first wave of boomers turns 65 this year, the number of people interested in an encore career in community service or other socially relevant work is mushrooming. Like similar organizations popping in up in cities around the country, ReServe in New York taps into older adults' interest in staying active after they retire.