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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 Work, Civic Engagement, Retirement

Improvising Work, Civic Engagement, Retirement

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(p.107) 5 Improvising Work, Civic Engagement, Retirement
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Encore Adulthood
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Phyllis Moen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357277.003.0005

This chapter documents how individuals and couples are improvising, responding to the challenges, risks, and opportunities of life today, and in so doing helping to define the contours of an evolving twenty-first-century life course. It also charts the unevenness of this evolving paradigm of a more voluntarily customized life course. What many want, but can’t always find, are chances to reset the time clocks of their lives, often in the form of different combinations of flexible, frequently less-than-full-time work, volunteering, learning, caring, and leisure, including more healthy lifestyles. Despite the absence of institutionalized options for such configurations, growing numbers of Boomers are indeed time shifting, resetting their lives and their identities, making them up as they go. Others are less fortunate. Boomers are following four pathways through encore adulthood: neotraditional time shifting, time shifting for the long game, portfolio time shifting, and unanticipated time shifting.

Keywords:   improvising, time shifting, less-than-full-time work, volunteering, learning, healthy lifestyles, neotraditional, long game, portfolio, unanticipated

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