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Toward a more meaningful third act
Lawrence R. Samuel Ph.D.
It should not be news that many members of Generation X and Generation Y despise baby boomers and everything they stand for.
There’s a global Age-Friendly movement bubbling up as the world’s population gets older — just a hint of what’s to come.
In the spirit of their lifelong activism aimed to make the country and the world better, baby boomers can and should do everything they can to make the workplace more Age Friendly.
Not just a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-gender workforce but a multi-generational one is in the best interests of all kinds of organizations and society as a whole.
Being successful is not a matter of what one has financially or materially accumulated, but how much one has evolved as a human being.
The end of the office could be a very good thing for both older people and for companies that are not living up to their potential due to their discriminatory practices.
Criticism directed towards boomers has ramped up recently, a byproduct of the negative feelings many younger people have about older people in general.
The blurring of the lines of age could prove to be baby boomers’ most enduring contribution to society as we enter a new age of cultural “agelessness.”
A backlash against the negative ways in which aging is perceived in America is in the works.
Baby boomers are altering the fundamental concept of what was known as “seniority,” a function of living longer and the steep cost of doing so.
Now in their third act of life, more baby boomers are asking themselves, “How can I be remembered?”
Just as baby boomers led a cultural revolution when they were young adults, so can they lead a cultural revolution as older adults.
Age is the only remaining demographic criterion in which it is acceptable to discriminate, often in the name of “overqualification."
Many baby boomers are going through an evolutionary process, developing as human beings as they get older.
Ageism is a predictable byproduct of a culture in which getting older has little or no positive value.
For a good number of boomers, finding a little or a lot more faith is a kind of coming full circle.
Self-actualization has emerged as a common goal among more psychologically secure baby boomers, and it is something that will become even more prevalent in their third act of life.
Our lives continue to evolve in our later years, and often become more fulfilling than before.
A bucket list is a rare opportunity to step out of our little box and, as they say, better late than never.
Dating among boomers dispels many of the myths surrounding romance in one’s third act of life.
In 2007, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Young people are just smarter,” apparently forgetting that it was baby boomers who led the information revolution.
Creative aging has grown into a full-scale movement designed to provide opportunities for meaningful creative expression through visual, literary, and performing arts workshops.
Contrary to popular belief, older people are perfectly capable of learning new things, with study after study showing that the brain continues to generate new cells as it ages.
Many baby boomers are recommitting themselves to sex, not about to give up on one of the best things in life because of physical or social challenges.
Baby boomers may never truly get “old,” at least in the way that we have traditionally defined that term, a legacy of their lifelong bond with youth.
Memory worsens as we get older, but research also suggests that our strategy for the way that we process thoughts and information changes for the better.
The Greatest Generation survived the Depression and saved the American Way of Life, but Baby Boomers are now reinventing the concept of older age—a historic achievement in itself.
Father’s Day is an opportunity to recognize that dads matter by bestowing in their children the psychological gifts of confidence, self-esteem, sense of adventure, and risk-taking.
Rather than embrace their parents’ model of seniority defined by retirement, baby boomers are now pursuing many different options, a version of life I call Boomers 3.0.
Inserting joy into the conversation of aging offers us the greatest chance of making the subject more palatable.
Lawrence R. Samuel, Ph.D., is an American cultural historian who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and was a Smithsonian Institution Fellow.