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Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement And Transform America Paperback – March 21, 2002
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Prime Time highlights a handy list of initiatives that already tap retirees for such roles as foster grandparents and volunteers at free medical clinics. The book also profiles people who are now reaping the benefits of remaining socially productive. Freedman debunks the notion that old boomers will only be a burden on the nation's health care and Social Security systems. Instead, they will be the largest, best-educated, and healthiest group of retirees ever, he writes. Insightful and well written, Prime Time is for anyone concerned about the economic and social changes under way with the aging of the baby boomers. --Dan Ring --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Freedman advocates for a revolution of society's attitudes towards older people in order to give them the option of remaining active and contributing to society or not.Read more ›
Also, the book is well written.
BUT, I am a tired 53 year old lawyer. I have had
one job or another since I was a teenager.
I was an over-achieving student, so I worked
very hard at school from first grade forward.
(Graduated #1 from 8th grade; #3 from undergrad;
#1 from law school - you get the pattern.)
My family was dysfunctional (I know, whose
wasn't?) and I was not given a chance to be
a kid - I had to grow up fast, be serious,
etc. etc. After decades of work of one sort
or another, I am ready for R&R; for travel; for play. Indeed
I LONG for it. I want to learn how to garden; learn Spanish;
study art. I see my in-laws, who
have been retired happily for a quarter of a century,
enjoying life with gusto without feeling a need to
work or volunteer at anything. Yet they are two
of the most interesting people I know.
This book's thesis was just exhausting and depressing.
I became so irritated that I stopped reading it.
... If some people want to work for
their whole lives, let them. Personally, having
never had much of a chance to "play" as a child,
I look forward to learning how to do it - and
doing it well. If I can touch some lives positively
along the way, terrific. Hopefully I will someday
have grandchildren and will have the time and energy
in retirement to love and spoil them, as well
as to host family gatherings and give to people
that way (as my in-laws do so lovingly). But I resist the message
that, after having worked this hard, and paid
plenty of SSA taxes to keep my elders financed
in their retirement, that I have to forego my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The aging of America is upon us. Boomers will start turning 60 on January 1, 2006.
To read the papers, you would think that this event is going to be the start of a... Read more
Marc Freedman hits the nail on the head in this book: the coming wave of retiring boomers represents an asset unlike any other, with the potential to transform the American... Read morePublished on November 21, 2005 by Jeremy Cluchey
Marc Freedman's book communicates a forward thinking idea that is the next step in social development. Read morePublished on June 13, 2003
Don't buy this one, check it out of the library and read Chapter 6, because it is the ONLY chapter that talks about what the title promises: How Baby Boomers WILL Revolutionize... Read morePublished on December 21, 2002
There are 3 books every older person should read and ponder. Marc Freedman's book Prime Time is one of them (The other titles are Another Country and Age-ing to Sage-ing). Read morePublished on October 29, 2002 by Martin R. Kimeldorf
The best of "Prime Time" in my opinion is in the absoulutely fantastic chapter called "A Year-Round Vacation," which brilliantly and entertainingly documents... Read morePublished on June 24, 2001 by George Fulmore
Marc not only researches and writes well, his promising and timely message couldn't be better expressed than in Prime Time. Read morePublished on April 26, 2001 by Leon Adnis