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Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing…

Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work,…

by Chris Farrell

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Looking at retirement as "unretirement," this work examines retirement from an historical and sociological perspective, with a focus on the Baby Boomers, the next great group of retirees. Unretirement is primarily about finding work in one's life after the age of 65 that has meaning, which may or may not provide income. Weighted toward income-producing positions, the author paints a positive future for healthy retirees, even those who haven't saved enough to live the typical retiree lifestyle of leisure. A smaller, less educated workforce, knowledgeble and experienced "unretirees," good physical and mental health; and, the desire to give back to the world, all contribute to Farrell's belief that new and upcoming retirees can make the next chapter in their lives one without poverty and with profound meaning. This well-researched book doesn't get into the details about how to do it, although real life examples provide pathways to making retirement into the next adventure. Published in 2014, at this writing, the examples are current, and within the context of the recent financial downturns this country has experienced. The book is indexed, has chapter notes, and a brief bibliography under DIY Research, including web sites. ( )
  brickhorse | Oct 12, 2015 |
This is an excellent book that takes a very hopeful view of the future as it relates to the Baby Boomer generation. The book basically disputes the scenario of doom and gloom that is being presented for the upcoming retiring baby boomers. Farrell points to more people staying in the work force and all the positive benefits of more time in the workforce. Of course one could question his assumption that people will be able to continuing working and if all the demographics at work will support his rosy picture of the future.
The book has a liberal bent to it but it really develops logical and common sense suggestions for positive solutions to problems faced by the large group of over 65 year olds that will be retiring or "unretiring". A good overview of economics and a good history about retirement and the rapid changes of the 20th and 21st century. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Dec 11, 2014 |
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"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"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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