“Unretirement” Comes into Focus in New Book

I am on vacation on Cape Cod this week so I am not keeping a regular schedule of blog writing.  Two years ago when I was in the Three Cousins bookstore here in Falmouth, Massachusetts I picked up The Boys in the Boat, the bestseller about the USA rowing team that won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  That book inspired me to write my own book, Keeper of the Olympic Flame, which I just published about Lake Placid Olympian Jack Shea who boycotted the 1936 Olympics because of the German discrimination against the Jewish population.

This week, I ran across another book in the bookstore I am buying called Unretirement by Chris Farrell.   It’s about how the Baby Boom generation is seeking to redefine retirement as many are looking for meaningful jobs to continue working on their terms.  Some even will be entrepreneurs starting new businesses they always wanted to.  Farrell basically talks about how the Baby Boom generation is not going to be what some once thought, so large it would drain the national treasury.  Rather, many will keep contributing by working and volunteering.

I am looking forward to reading the entire book and will be talking more about this in the next few weeks.  I have actually been in discussions which community groups are having about a workshop in the Albany area about Meaningful Retirement and discussing the options for continued work and voluntarism along with a good life balance with leisure, social and spiritual activities.  There will be more details on that to come as we hope to plan it for November.

Mike Burgess

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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