Encore Adulthood

Today’s older adults expect to work in some capacity well into the retirement years. Many want to return to college, retool for new careers, and embrace lifelong learning. They are committed to living active, engaged lives with a sense of purpose and impact.

The Emergence of Encore Adulthood

"Older workers and recent retirees are fashioning a new life stage called 'encore adulthood.' They are more educated, more skilled, and more vital than ever in history. They can expect to live unprecedentedly long lives. And yet they are too often shunted to the sidelines of society." 

- Dr. Phyllis Moen 
Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the edge of risk, renewal and purpose
A growing number of adults seek opportunities to move from their career jobs to new ways of working and living in an evolving new life stage, what we call “encore adulthood.” 
 

Despite widespread interest, few pathways to such post-career social impact work exist. Those who want second acts in their lives find neither roadmaps nor blueprints.

Given this mismatch between what many workers want and could offer to their communities and outdated policies and practices, older workers and retirees find little structured guidance.

This generation brings a lifetime of experience, and relevant skills and talents that local communities and social sector organizations need. Given this mismatch between what many workers want and could offer to their communities, and outdated policies and practices, older workers and retirees find little structured guidance.
 
 

Higher Education and Encore Adults

"Today we are on the doorstep of a new stage of life and work, as millions of boomers move beyond their midlife years. They, too, will need a new kind of higher learning, one that goes beyond personal development, as important as that is, to help them launch new careers at a juncture when previous generations headed to the sidelines."

- Marc Freedman 
CEO, Encore.org
The University of Minnesota is joining an elite group of leading edge higher education institutions launching academic programs to engage encore adults.
 

We are on the leading edge of an expanding landscape of higher education institutions exploring ways to bring Boomers back to campuses to consider what is next.

Universities such as Stanford and Harvard offer opportunities for late-career professionals to share the experience of reimagining possibilities during a fellowship year.

UMAC goes beyond these pioneer programs to fashion an innovative experience that balances scholarship with applied learning and social impact in a multigenerational learning community.

As a public land-grant university, Minnesota is poised to be a key leader in this movement by designing and testing a sustainable model.  

 

 

 

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