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Toward a more meaningful third act
Lawrence R. Samuel Ph.D.
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.
People I don’t know are suddenly being unnecessarily nice to me, and, to be honest, I’m not too happy about it.
Lawrence R. Samuel, Ph.D., is an American cultural historian who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and was a Smithsonian Institution Fellow.