A collection of thought leaders show us how much we have to gain from all the years added to our collective life span. Optimistic, sensible and compelling, this book arrives at the perfect moment.
Author: Paul Irving
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World ofHealth, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose explores a titanicshift that will alter every aspect of human existence, from thejobs we hold to the products we buy to the medical care we receive- an aging revolution underway across America and the world. Movingbeyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline that have definedolder age, The Upside of Aging reveals the vast opportunityand potential of this aging phenomenon, despite significant policyand societal challenges that must be addressed. The book’schapter authors, all prominent thought-leaders, point to areinvention and reimagination of our older years that have criticalimplications for people of all ages. With a positive call to action, the book illuminates the upsidefor health and wellness, work and volunteerism, economic growth,innovation and education. The authors, like the baby boomgeneration itself, posit new ways of thinking about aging, aslongevity and declining birthrates put the world on track for amature population of unprecedented size and significance. Amongtopics they examine are: The emotional intelligence and qualities of the aging brainthat science is uncovering, “senior moments”notwithstanding. The new worlds of genomics, medicine and technology that arerevolutionizing health care and wellness. The aging population’s massive impact on global markets,with enormous profit potential from an explosion in products andservices geared toward mature consumers. New education paradigms to meet the needs and aspirations ofolder people, and to capitalize on their talents. The benefits that aging workers and entrepreneurs bring tocompanies, and the crucial role of older people in philanthropy andsociety. Tools and policies to facilitate financial security for longerand more purposeful lives. Infrastructure and housing changes to create livable cities forall ages, enabling “aging in place” and continuingcivic contribution from millions of older adults. The opportunities and potential for intergenerationalengagement and collaboration. The Upside of Aging defines a future that differs profoundlyfrom the retirement dreams of our parents and grandparents, onethat holds promise and power and bears the stamp of a generationthat has changed every stage of life through which it hasmoved.