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Encore AdulthoodBoomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose$
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Phyllis Moen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199357277

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357277.001.0001

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Improvising Health, Well-Being, Purpose

Improvising Health, Well-Being, Purpose

(p.130) 6 Improvising Health, Well-Being, Purpose
Encore Adulthood

Phyllis Moen

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes improvisations to reduce stress and promote physical health, well-being, and purpose, as well as the forces that can change meanings and move the wheels increasing or decreasing Boomers’ sense of control, producing cycles of control. Many Boomers, especially those with a college degree, take on an encore project around health, deliberately making decisions to get or stay healthy. The chapter addresses: What is good health? And how are Boomers doing? What is the relationship between work, retirement, and health and well-being? The chapter also underscores that the stress, health, and happiness of Boomers are a result of both external conditions and their improvised plans and paths through encore adulthood, along with those paths’ meanings and especially Boomers’ sense of control along the way. It underscores three key protective factors that promote health and well-being: education, social engagement, and a sense of control.

Keywords:   improvisation, stress, well-being, purpose, health, well-being, meanings, education, social engagement, sense of control

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