Our Point of View

We believe that older adults are one of society’s most undervalued resources. We believe in the need for purpose and connection at every stage of life. We believe society needs new roles for older people to do what they do best — mentor and guide the next generation. And we believe that society works better when the generations to come together in ways that benefit old and young alike.

We need to remove barriers — ageism, lack of opportunity, financial insecurity — that stand in the way of making  the encore vision of purpose in later life a reality. Our team and network of thought leaders are working to make sure these issues are part of the public conversation. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been talking and writing about.

The ‘Grannies Respond’ Caravan Standing Up for Kids

An upcoming six-day bus trip to protest border policies “When the news started breaking about children being separated from their families [at the Mexico/U.S. border], the image I couldn’t get out of my head was my three-year-old son in a cage, picturing how he’d be...

On Presidents’ Day, Let’s Reach for the Stars

  Nearly 50 years ago, President Kennedy’s bold dream to land on the moon was realized. I can recall exactly where I was on July 20, 1969, watching Neil Armstrong describe his “one small step” on the moon’s surface as a “giant leap for mankind.” Brennan’s...

The Generation Gap and the Future of American Politics

The generation gap in the 2018 congressional election -- the largest in history -- offers a peek at what the contours of American politics could look like for decades to come. Here are the key takeaways. We’re seeing the largest partisan age gap ever. We’ve never...

Expanding Choices in Later Life, On Your Terms

On a recent podcast, Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights, asked me to describe my path to becoming an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. I told a story about my move into gerontological...