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.
“This is what democracy looks like.” I got charged up chanting these words alongside people of all ages a few months ago at the March For Our Lives. Throughout my life I have marched for social change -- including the hope for a future free from the fear...
A new group of innovators are finding efficiencies not in separating people by age, but by bringing them together.
How three youth-serving organizations do it to find volunteers and staff While he was in his 90s, my grandfather packed a bag, got on an Amtrak train in Boston and came to see me in Philadelphia. A few hours after his arrival, he installed a mini-art installation in...
A chat with Jonathan Rauch, author of ‘The Happiness Curve.’
Our new research with the Stanford Graduate School of Education suggests that 34 million people 50+ prioritize purpose in their daily lives.
The Encore Public Voices Project gives 20 diverse leaders the opportunity to develop their thinking and writing on purpose and engagement in the encore years.
Older adults may be the solution to our nation’s shortage of high-quality STEM teachers.
Intergenerational mentoring initiatives, including the Gen2Gen campaign, could be a powerful solution to ending loneliness in the U.S.
Four stories of older adult activists working with youth to help end gun violence.
Encore Senior Fellow Paul Taylor tells The Washington Post that millennials can reinvigorate our politics and democracy.
A thought-provoking question for both parents and non-parents: If you don’t have kids, what legacy do you leave behind?
Here are different ways that older adults can help prevent gun violence before it starts.