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"The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose" explores a titanic shift that will alter every aspect of human existence, from the jobs we hold to the products we buy to the medical care we receive - an aging revolution underway across America and the world. Moving beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline t "The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose" explores a titanic shift that will alter every aspect of human existence, from the jobs we hold to the products we buy to the medical care we receive - an aging revolution underway across America and the world. Moving beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline that have defined older age, "The Upside of Aging" reveals the vast opportunity and potential of this aging phenomenon, despite significant policy and societal challenges that must be addressed. The book's chapter authors, all prominent thought-leaders, point to a reinvention and reimagination of our older years that have critical implications for people of all ages.With a positive call to action, the book illuminates the upside for health and wellness, work and volunteerism, economic growth, innovation and education. The authors, like the baby boom generation itself, posit new ways of thinking about aging, as longevity and declining birthrates put the world on track for a mature population of unprecedented size and significance. Among topics they examine are: The emotional intelligence and qualities of the aging brain that science is uncovering, "senior moments" notwithstanding.The new worlds of genomics, medicine and technology that are revolutionizing health care and wellness.The aging population's massive impact on global markets, with enormous profit potential from an explosion in products and services geared toward mature consumers.New education paradigms to meet the needs and aspirations of older people, and to capitalize on their talents.The benefits that aging workers and entrepreneurs bring to companies, and the crucial role of older people in philanthropy and society.Tools and policies to facilitate financial security for longer and more purposeful lives.Infrastructure and housing changes to create livable cities for all ages, enabling "aging in place" and continuing civic contribution from millions of older adults.The opportunities and potential for intergenerational engagement and collaboration.The Upside of Aging defines a future that differs profoundly from the retirement dreams of our parents and grandparents, one that holds promise and power and bears the stamp of a generation that has changed every stage of life through which it has moved.


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"The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose" explores a titanic shift that will alter every aspect of human existence, from the jobs we hold to the products we buy to the medical care we receive - an aging revolution underway across America and the world. Moving beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline t "The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose" explores a titanic shift that will alter every aspect of human existence, from the jobs we hold to the products we buy to the medical care we receive - an aging revolution underway across America and the world. Moving beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline that have defined older age, "The Upside of Aging" reveals the vast opportunity and potential of this aging phenomenon, despite significant policy and societal challenges that must be addressed. The book's chapter authors, all prominent thought-leaders, point to a reinvention and reimagination of our older years that have critical implications for people of all ages.With a positive call to action, the book illuminates the upside for health and wellness, work and volunteerism, economic growth, innovation and education. The authors, like the baby boom generation itself, posit new ways of thinking about aging, as longevity and declining birthrates put the world on track for a mature population of unprecedented size and significance. Among topics they examine are: The emotional intelligence and qualities of the aging brain that science is uncovering, "senior moments" notwithstanding.The new worlds of genomics, medicine and technology that are revolutionizing health care and wellness.The aging population's massive impact on global markets, with enormous profit potential from an explosion in products and services geared toward mature consumers.New education paradigms to meet the needs and aspirations of older people, and to capitalize on their talents.The benefits that aging workers and entrepreneurs bring to companies, and the crucial role of older people in philanthropy and society.Tools and policies to facilitate financial security for longer and more purposeful lives.Infrastructure and housing changes to create livable cities for all ages, enabling "aging in place" and continuing civic contribution from millions of older adults.The opportunities and potential for intergenerational engagement and collaboration.The Upside of Aging defines a future that differs profoundly from the retirement dreams of our parents and grandparents, one that holds promise and power and bears the stamp of a generation that has changed every stage of life through which it has moved.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Dianne J.

    Wonderful compilation of viewpoints and great ideas on how to live those extra years we can have due to increase life expectancy's. In Chapter 6 Michael W. Hodin likens the attitudes of men regarding women stealing away their jobs as they joined the workforce en masse during the middle of the 20th century to the prevailing outlook that an aging workforce may prevent younger workers from moving up the ladder in their careers. Hodin makes the case that as women entered the workforce in great numbe Wonderful compilation of viewpoints and great ideas on how to live those extra years we can have due to increase life expectancy's. In Chapter 6 Michael W. Hodin likens the attitudes of men regarding women stealing away their jobs as they joined the workforce en masse during the middle of the 20th century to the prevailing outlook that an aging workforce may prevent younger workers from moving up the ladder in their careers. Hodin makes the case that as women entered the workforce in great numbers they added a new perspective to how to work and handle a variety of issues just as older workers offer a varied perspective that can only enrich the workforce during the 21st century. [Page 92] Marc Freedman; Founder and CEO of Encore.org makes a convincing argument for our government to create a law much like the Servicemen's Readjustment Act or GI Bill of 1944. An Encore Bill would allow middle-aged workers to transition into a career “at the intersection of passion, purpose and a paycheck.” The Encore Bill would provide funding for education, exploration, even internships into career paths not get discovered. [Pages 101-107] As CEO of AARP, A. Barry Rand puts it, “. . . each individual’s life is an experiment of one.” [Page 245] I can see that with greater educational opportunities and continued advances in medical discoveries there is no need to retire, but a chance to transition on to new and meaningful ways to live life.

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    Terri

    I came across "The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose" when I participated in a web conference that featured twelve renowned experts, including Paul Irving, speaking on different aspects of the aging process. What an incredible eye-opener this book was for me! It taught me, first and foremost, that what I was experiencing as a recent sixty year old retiree, was normal. Due to lower birth rates and increased longevity, Baby Boomers I came across "The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose" when I participated in a web conference that featured twelve renowned experts, including Paul Irving, speaking on different aspects of the aging process. What an incredible eye-opener this book was for me! It taught me, first and foremost, that what I was experiencing as a recent sixty year old retiree, was normal. Due to lower birth rates and increased longevity, Baby Boomers are experiencing an aging revolution. The paradigm for what aging and retirement looks like is being turned upside down - and I am in the middle of it! Everything from community development, to housing, to health and wellness, to life-long learning, to careers, to travel, to entertainment, to transportation, to caregiving, to spirituality, to politics, to volunteerism, to mental health, etc. is on the table as we look at the second half of life across the globe. "The Upside of Aging" provides a nice umbrella sort of overview of all of the issues involved in regards to the aging revolution. It is a great place to start for anyone at this stage in the journey. Every person over the age of 50 should read this book!

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