Follow Along As This Book is Written, Offer Suggestions, Share Insights

Follow Along As This Book is Written, Offer Suggestions, Share Insights

June 4, 2019 update: Introduction and Chapter One are now available

We cannot make assumptions about aging based on the past. As gerontologist James Hill shared, we are still trying to use the same metrics for aging and retirement that we had used years ago. He said, “The problem is they do not fit.”


So Long Retirement, Hello Longevity – Why and How Individuals, Communities, Workplaces and Marketplaces Need to Start Preparing for the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead!

In the introduction, we’ll examine how demographics have been shifting for the past several years and what this means to all of us now and in the future. We’ll also look at what positive aging means and provide an overview of the implications for individuals, communities, the workplace, and the marketplace. 

Chapter 1 PDF  

So Long Retirement, Hello Longevity –What’s Changed and What Does That Mean for Individuals 50+? 

This first chapter compares the traditional notions of retirement with the new realities of the 21st Century. Retirement (withdrawing) is less common today and often undesirable.  What has replaced traditional retirement and why? What does this mean in terms of the planning we need to do? When do we need to start planning for the nonfinancial aspects of retirement? These are some of the questions addressed in the first chapter.



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Chapter Two: Most of Us Aren’t Prepared for Our Next Chapter

  • Lack of preparation for a major life-transition
  • Retirement is not what it used to be
  • Fail to plan, plan to fail – the need to start young – limited pensions – life has changed
  • The long road ahead – you may live a lot longer than you’d planned to live
  • Longevity and financial planning – time to talk with a professional

Chapter Three: Unexpected Realities

  • Workplace and employment realities–most plan to work much longer than they actually do
  • Identity Issues
  • Gender differences
  • Boredom
  • Social isolation
  • Health issues
  • Depression
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Loss

4.Ageism and how it affects our attitudes and well-being

5.Dealing with unfamiliar systems:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare

New opportunities ahead

6.Transitioning into a new reality and a new identity

7.Positive aging

  • Health management
  • Social engagement
  • Mental health/attitude
  • Lifestyle
  • Purpose and meaning, causes and legacies
  • Working, volunteering, self-employment
  • Taking a stand against ageism

8.Nonfinancial planning – Why it’s important

  1. Nonfinancial planning – Identifying core values
  2. Nonfinancial planning – visualizing the life you really want
  3. Nonfinancial planning – identifying processes to make your dreams a reality

Section 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Communities, Workplaces, and the Marketplace


12.Challenges for consideration

  • Ageism as a barrier to being responsive to new opportunities and needs / competing agendas
  • Resources- support systems, health care, transportation, community connections, housing, etc.
  1. Potential opportunities
  • Increased volunteerism
  • Economic value
  • New business opportunities focusing on the needs and interests of the aging population


  1. Challenges and threats
  • Ageism – the real cost of discrimination and stereotyping
  • Brain-drain – knowledge shortage as boomer retire
  • Organizational culture and older workers
  • Older worker resentment and stagnation
  • Potential disconnect with the external environment
  1. Opportunities and potential
  • Experience and loyalty matter
  • New Roles
  • Diversity training opportunities
  • The benefit of providing transition support for employees ready to move on
  • Approaches to providing transition support


16.Challenges and limitations

  • Assumptions based on ageism
  • Offensive stereotypes, lack of segmenting
  • Ignoring the lion’s share of discretionary income
  1. New Opportunities
  • New opportunities for market segmenting
  • Follow the money and the interests
  • Cause-related marketing / PR

Section 3: Collective Call to Action

  • Address ageism
  • Promote positive aging
  • Commit to conversations locally and beyond- small and big conversations
  • Speak up, speak out, be the difference

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