ABOUT THE BIG SHIFT
As millions of boomers reach their mid-60s, the discussion about longer lives in America has been entirely about the staggering economic costs of a dramatically aging society.
But in his latest book – The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife – Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman issues an impassioned call to accept the decades opening up between midlife and anything approximating old age for what they really are: a new stage of life, an encore phase.
The New York Times calls The Big Shift “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.” The Wall Street Journal says it's "invaluable and inspiring reading." And USA Today hails Freedman as “a natural storyteller, a deep researcher and a forward thinker.”
BIG SHIFT EXCERPT
We need a new map of life.
We’ve been making do with one that was fashioned for an expected longevity of threescore and 10. We shouldn’t knock that legacy. At one time, that constituted progress.
But we can’t stuff a 21st century life span into a life course designed for the 20th century – or stretch the old model so that it accommodates a task well beyond its intended capacity. The story starts with the numbers, but it is really about the nature of lives.
BIG SHIFT RECOMMENDED READING LIST
Looking to learn more about what shapes midlife? Here are some of the books Marc Freedman recommends in The Big Shift.
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