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Reinvention Principles to Ensure Successful Aging

Many Boomer men and women share the “homeless guy” or “bag lady” fantasy – that there is no future for us beyond “retirement” age and no hope for successful aging. ┬áCoupled with increased longevity, reduced savings and dwindling income, many of us are also caring for our own parents, as well as our grown kids. […]

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Don’t Fit In, Be Your Hero, Reinvent Yourself

As Boomers, we started off life as iconoclasts. We were the Woodstock Generation, the Counterculture Generation, the Me Generation. We turned on, tuned in and dropped out. But that didn’t last very long. Once the Vietnam War was over, we quieted down and became those people over 30 we weren’t supposed to trust. We’ve been […]

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How To Apply Reinvention To Your Fitness Plan

A few friends have sheepishly admitted that their New Year’s Resolutions to get back to the gym have dissipated, so I thought I would try to apply the 5-step principle of Boomer Reinvention to personal fitness. Maybe it’s a methodology that could work for you if you’ve fallen off the workout wagon. For those of […]

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How Ageism Undermines The Reinvention Process

Ashton Applewhite is an activist at the forefront of what may be one of the last civil rights struggles: the fight against ageism. Her mission, as she puts it, “is to put ageism on the same page as racism and sexism and homophobia, as grounds on which people are discriminated against all the time.” If […]

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3 Transformative New Year’s Resolutions for Boomers

Many Boomers are facing uncertain careers as we transition into 2015. We grew up believing in a fading myth: that if we got a good Education, and diligently pursued our Career, that we would be rewarded for our dedication with a sustaining pension for our Retirement. For many of us, our 50s and 60s are […]

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5 Key Reinvention Books Boomers Need To Read

If 2014 was the year the youngest boomers turned 50, then 2015 will be the year for us to look ahead at the inevitable economic and cultural shifts that will kick the concept of “retirement” very far down (if not completely off) the road. Any problem worth solving has a range of solutions, so as […]

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Entrepreneurship is No Longer An Option, It’s An Imperative

“Everybody is doin’ a brand new dance, now, I know you’ll get to like it if you give it a chance now” – Carole King/Gerry Goffin: “The Locomotion” For those of us over 50, that new dance is Entrepreneurship; and it’s a dicey new dance for us if we’ve spent most of our careers in […]

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3 Secrets To Surviving The Boomer Sandwich

Boomers are the “sandwich generation,” often caught between being caregivers to both our parents as well as to our children. We are in a perilous situation with no clear relief in sight. Our parents are living longer thanks to miraculous medical advances, but with healthcare costs rising, even with medicare, we have a hard time […]

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Beyond Retirement: Revisiting Erik Erikson & Generativity

Psychologist Erik Erikson is famous for his 7 Life Stages, describing key periods and transitions in our lives from birth to death. It is time to rethink the application of Erikson’s ideas to the boomer generation, and to explore how we can better use his framework as an inspiration and a road map for our […]

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How Encore Careers Are Impacting Beyond the Social Sector

For anyone who needs proof that life can begin at 60, last week’s Encore Conference 2014 in Tempe, AZ was the place to find it. The annual gathering sponsored by Marc Freedman‘s Encore.org, was a thought-provoking colloquium of ideas and exchanges on the value and the impact of social engagement driven by older leaders. The […]

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