We were introduced to this book recently which seems to have gotten ahead of many of the topics we discuss at Next For Me. The authors dig into the implications of living longer. With the gift comes new opportunities and a call to rethink life stages, our financial lives and endurance, and the transformation from stage to stage. These concepts caught our attention.
While many admit the longer lifespan comes as a surprise, once accepted they realize that they need to alter their plans immediately.
We may likely be avoiding the topic because the discussion of aging has always been associated with death (and taxes), so even when we are expected to delay that fate, we still avoid the topic.
The three-stage life (education, career, retirement) is a dated idea with the new longer longevity. We need to structure our lives and time to meet the new chapters we’re being handed.
They describe a multi-stage life to a way of living that is more flexible, and more responsive — a multi-stage life with a variety of careers, with breaks and transitions.
In The 100-Year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott outline the challenges and intelligent choices that all of us, of any age, need to make in order to turn greater life expectancy into a gift and not a curse. They believe that this is not an issue for when we are old but an urgent and imminent one.
Uniquely drawing on the authors’ expertise in economics, psychology and sociology, Gratton and Sott offer a broad-ranging analysis and a raft of solutions covering what to do with your finances, your education, your career and your relationships to succeed in creating a fulfilling 100-year life. This book provides insights into what individuals, politicians, firms and governments need to do and demonstrates that the 100-year life can be a wonderful one.
The book contains chapters covering these topics:
Living: The gift of a long life
Financing: Working for longer
Working: The employment landscape
Intangibles: Focusing on the Priceless
Scenarios: Possible Selves
Stages: New Building Blocks
Money: Financing a long life
Time: From recreation to re-creation
Relationships: The transformation of personal lives
Agenda for Change
We highly recommend the book, especially if you are just beginning to ponder what your longer life will look like.