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Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose

Phyllis Moen


This book describes a new life stage, encore adulthood, sandwiched between conventional adulthood—traditional careers and childrearing—and conventional old age. A time of varied paths in work, retirement, family care, or civic engagement, this stage is made possible by medical advances and lifestyle changes improving population health and longevity. The encore adult years occur around ages 55 to 75, as Boomers begin to think about second acts. Twenty-first-century life in North America and Europe is changing in remarkable ways—characterized by the book’s four key themes: First are similarities ... More

Keywords: encore adulthood, emerging adulthood, Boomers, Millennials, unequally distributed opportunities, renewal, risk, gendered life course, time shifting, institutional inertia and work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199357277
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phyllis Moen, author
McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology, University of Minnesota