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.

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BIG SHIFT MEDIA REQUESTS

To receive a review copy of the book, contact Emily Lavelle with PublicAffairs, emily.lavelle@publicaffairsbooks.com.

To request an interview with the author or to invite him to speaking engagements, contact Danny Friel with Encore.org, dfriel@encore.org.

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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Q & A WITH MARC FREEDMAN - BIG SHIFT

A conversation with Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift.

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Learn more about Marc Freedman here.

BIG SHIFT STORIES

Read first-person stories featured in The Big Shift. Each person has taken a deeply personal journey in midlife that has led to work helping others.