How an aging population could be tonic for the economy

Economists worry about something called the economic dependency ratio – the number of people over age 65 to 100 working age people. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the ratio will jump sharply in the years ahead as the population gets grayer – from 22 in 2010 to 35 in 2030. The total dependency ratio, […]

A holiday reading list for the retiree on your list

Now that the baby boomer age wave is crashing ashore, Americans are retiring by the boatload. About 10,000 of us will turn 65 every day for the next 17 years, the Pew Research Center tells us. If someone on your gift list is hitting the beach this holiday season, a little guidance is in order […]

Purpose Prize winner finds encore career helping disabled vets with housing

Vicki Thomas was at an age where many people look forward to retirement. She had enjoyed a successful career in public relations and marketing, including stints at a financial services trade group, a major television network, and running her own Connecticut-based marketing company. But Thomas flipped on the television one day in 2009 and saw […]

Nuts and bolts of starting an encore career

Marci Alboher offers practical strategies for launching an encore career in The Encore Career Handbook (Workman Publishing). Tough economic times and intractable unemployment have made career reinvention a necessity instead of a virtue for many older Americans. But sometimes finding a new career after middle age is about more than just bringing in a paycheck. […]

Five questions for Marc Freedman about encore careers

Last week I attended the annual Encore 2013 conference, which always is a highlight on my calendar. It’s a great opportunity to hear from top thought leaders on the challenge of re-inventing careers at midlife, including the presentation of the Purpose Prize awards. Marc Freedman, CEO of, always is too busy to talk at […]

Economist points to 15 fastest-growth career opportunities for 50+ workers

If you train for it, the jobs will come. That’s the upshot of a new economic study that attempts to answer one of the toughest questions facing mid-life Americans: Will training for a new career pay off in the form of new career opportunities in a recession-wracked economy? It’s a critical question for workers in […]