We just reviewed a new book, A Long Bright Future [An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security] by author: Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D. who is one of the world’s leading authorities on longevity and aging.
In this new book, Dr. Carstensen challenges the alpha baby boomers to change the way aging is viewed in our culture. A longevity revolution is sweeping over the U.S. and most of the developed world, and she suggests we “think of old age as new.”
The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life and The Roadmap to 100 – The Breakthrough Science of Living a Long and Healthy Life both focused on engagement – through sexual relationships, social interaction, and professional activity along with physical activity – to add thirty more years to a lifespan. Dr. Carstensen suggests, now that we’ve got it, a uniquely 21st century question is what do we do with an additional thirty years of life on average that we didn’t expect? Or, as Dr. Carstensen calls it, our “supersized lives.”
This highly informative book on smart aging is a call-to-action to transform aging into a new source of individual and social renewal. As she says, “it’s time to stop tinkering with the old script and write a new one optimized for longer life.” The new script should “diffuse work across the life span.”
Dr. Carstensen challenges the baby boomer generation leaders, who are entering old age in larger numbers than any generation before to be the “trendsetters” and “set the cultural stage for entitlements, contributions, and family roles.” Boomers have never lacked imagination, or entrepreneurial passion. Many in the boomer generation who were out to change the world in the ‘60s, can be the policy makers for innovations to match this demographic landscape and transform aging in our culture.
Will you step up?