I should have done this long ago but I kept hoping that things would work out; praying that I wouldn’t have to humble myself with an apology. However, it has reached a point where the inevitable is, well, inevitable.
United, the Post War Generation can prove ourselves a great generation, not just a great big generation.
I grew up surrounded by the biggest names in aging. Eden’s first class of Regional Coordinators was initiated in my house, and I have met countless aging professionals since. My father took me to see the first Green Houses open in Tupelo, Mississippi. As a child I wore one of the first Eden shirts ever to come off the press. The point is I have been connected to the aging movement since I first started aging myself.
I’m working on my next book, The Second Crucible, and imagining what it would be like in the immediate future if those who deny aging become the dominant cultural force in our society.
You know who I’m talking about. These are the people who believe that they will never get old. They believe the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is alive today. They believe that aging is a disease, a horrible blight on humanity, and that all we need to do to cure it once and for all is flex our technological prowess.
I recently had the honor and privilege to be part of an all-star team working with AARP to develop a set of tools to help folks rediscover their passion and purpose as they enter the second half of life. The project is called Life Reimagined and it’s currently in the Beta testing phase. Coincidentally, the core purpose of this project is to help folks discover and use their personal strengths and gifts, which, according to new research, is more important than ever.
America’s obsession with speed, performance and “effectiveness,” which suited the Post War generation so well on its long journey through adulthood, grates on people who are edging into elderhood in ways not unlike the well-loved relative who has overstayed her welcome. The first impulse that many people have is to complain about how much faster […]
As a nationwide drought threatens to drive up prices for food staples this fall, it could pose an even greater challenge for the one in five Americans who weren’t able to afford food so far this year. For the first six months of 2012, Gallup surveyed 1,000 Americans each day to see whether […]
The post-war generation will begin turning 65 in January at the rate of 10,000 per day. Those are big numbers, and the number crunchers are having a hay day predicting societal, entitlement and financial disasters of epic proportions tied to aging boomers. As a former journalist I’m somewhat skeptical of news stories based purely on […]