Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life
The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the contrary, argues award-winning journalist Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society.
The old idea of “retirement”–a word that means withdrawal, describing a time when people gave up productive employment and shrank their activities–was a short-lived historical anomaly. Humans have always found meaning and motivation in work and community, Farrell notes, and the boomer generation, poised to live longer in better health than any before, is already discovering unretirement–extending their working lives often with new careers, entrepreneurial ventures, and volunteer service. Their experience, wisdom–and importantly, their continued earnings–will enrich the American workplace, treasury, and our whole society in the decades to come.
Unretirement not only explains this seismic change, now in its early stages, it provides key insights and practical advice for boomers about to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, new frontier.
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About Chris Farrell
Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance programs. He is also economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek, the Star Tribune, Next Avenue and Money.com. The author of several books, his latest is the forthcoming Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. (Publication date is September 2.)
Monday, September 8, 2014
Registration/Networking 6:30–7:00 PM
Program 7:00-8:30 PM
Minnesota State University Mankato–Edina Campus
7700 France Avenue South (Near I-494)
Event Fee: $10 to Members and $20 to Non-Members
CHRIS FARRELL’s article in the Mpls Star Tribune on Sunday June 15th.
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