Re-envisioning Retirement

Entrepreneur and author Marc Freedman argues that retirement can and should be transformed. His organization, Civic Ventures, was built on the vision of using “human capital”—or people’s skills, knowledge, and experiences—throughout life to benefit communities and society as a whole. According to Freedman (1999), if we can engage older individuals “in ways that fill urgent gaps in our society, the result would be a windfall for American civic life in the twenty-first century. We might just accomplish something else along the way: bring greater fulfillment and purpose to the postmidlife years and transform what it means to age in this country” (p. v). What do you think this new retirement will look like? What kinds of policies will be necessary to support this new framework for retirement? Do you agree with Freedman that these changes are inevitable?

In your discussion as a group, identify some of the barriers to transforming retirement and suggest ways to address them.

Freedman, M. (1999). Prime time: How baby boomers will revolutionize retirement and transform America. New York, NY: BBS Public Affairs.

[Note: Civic Ventures has morphed into Encore (“Second acts for the greater good.”); the website is]

References: Cite your textbook include page number (Cavanaugh, J. C. & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2015). Adult development and aging (7th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning) and use a minimum of three scholarly/peer-reviewed articles/sources (in addition to citing your textbook) to support your thesis statement. You are welcome to cite non-peer sources too, but these will not be a replacement for peer-reviewed/scholarly articles that are required for these assignments.
Please note: The newspaper articles, YouTube videos, the movie clips/video used as prompts for the essays, blogs, Psychology Today and other magazines are NOT scholarly sources.