How to live forever: Marc Freedman at TedX San Francisco

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, recently delivered a TEDx Talk titled “How to Live Forever,” in which he discusses the intersection of longevity, youth, purpose and happiness, and the role older people can play in nurturing the next generation. Freedman is working on a new book carrying the same title, which will be […]

Working longer: Good aspiration, but not a plan

Many older Americans, asking how they’ll be able to afford retirement, have settled on an answer: Work longer, or never stop working at all. Working longer can make sense as a way to mitigate the risks of rising longevity and declining guaranteed income from pensions and Social Security. Adding even a few years of work […]

Survey finds unity between young and old at a divisive time

At a moment of sharp national division, here is a bit of good news: young and old are not at one another’s throats in this country. A survey released on Thursday finds Americans of all ages have very little interest in the myth of “generation war” we hear about so often in debates about federal […]

Purpose Prize winners: 10 years of extraordinary encore stories

This year’s Purpose Prize winners were announced today by Encore.org, marking the 10th anniversary of these extraordinary awards. I’ve always thought of the Purpose Prize as the Macarthur genius award for people approaching retirement age. Since 2006, Encore.org has awarded more than $5 million to more than 500 prize winners and Purpose Prize fellows. This […]

Stanford pushes the envelope for higher ed on midlife career change

Is college wasted on the young? Dr. Philip Pizzo might not go that far, but he does hope to turn the world of higher education on its head by getting universities to focus on an older student body – much older than the typical twenty-something undergraduate. Pizzo, a pioneering oncologist and former dean of Stanford […]

Biggest surprises in retirement? The experts weigh in

The Great Recession served up some nasty financial surprises to retirees – the housing crash, job loss and shrunken 401(k)s top the list of causes for the retirement insecurity that so many face. But retirement can bring lifestyle surprises, too. It’s one of life’s biggest transitions, and a major leap into the unknown. Hoping to […]

The 50-Plus Job Market: 5 Trends to Watch

Working longer is a mantra these days for many Americans hoping to build greater retirement security. Staying on the job even a few years beyond traditional retirement age makes it easier to delay filing for Social Security; it also can mean more years contributing to retirement accounts and fewer years of depending on nest eggs […]

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A report from the epicenter of encore careers

PHOENIX – The ironic location of the Encore 2014 conference wasn’t lost on Marc Freedman, the organization’s founder and CEO: Maricopa County, Arizona, birthplace of the idea of retirement as a time of leisure. In January, 1960, Del Webb opened Sun City here. “Webb was a remarkable social innovator, and he came up with the idea of […]

How to navigate benefits if you’re working past age 65

It’s no secret that Americans are working longer. But some are working well past traditional retirement age: the fastest-growing segment of the labor force is workers over age 65, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – and the growth is especially pronounced among workers over age 70. Working longer certainly can boost the […]

Why ‘unretirement’ might be your best retirement strategy

Chris Farrell has a hot retirement investing tip for you, but it’s not a stock or bond. Farrell wants you to invest in yourself. In his new book, Unretirement (Bloomsbury Press), he argues that developing skills that can help you earn income well past traditional retirement age offers a better return on investment than any financial […]