The Second Fifty: Answers to the 7 Big Questions of Midlife and Beyond (Hardcover)

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The Second Fifty: Answers to the 7 Big Questions of Midlife and Beyond (Hardcover)

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Expert guidance for living a longer, healthier, more meaningful second half of life.


Over the last century, we have gained decades of life, and many of us may live beyond 100—a prospect that offers exciting possibilities but also raises critical questions: How long will I live? Will I be healthy? Will I lose my memory? How long will I work? Will I have enough money? Where should I live? How will I die? The Second Fifty addresses these questions with an authoritative roadmap for navigating the second half of life. Drawing on stories from across the country, groundbreaking new research, and her hands-on knowledge of policymaking, Debra Whitman offers surprising insights and recommends sensible action on topics including longevity, brain health, financial planning, work, housing, and the value of relationships and social engagement. Whitman helps readers prepare for the opportunities and challenges ahead, while presenting a practical guide for how community, state, and national leaders can help build a better society for all.



Debra Whitman is AARP’s chief public policy officer and former staff director for the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She holds a doctorate in economics from Syracuse University and lives in Potomac, Maryland.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393867657
ISBN-10: 039386765X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Debra Whitman’s book is a must read for policy makers as well as individuals from all walks of life and for all ages. The book is a playbook for policy makers committed to making the second fifty years of Americans lives better. She clearly points to strategies that cross all generations and the diversity of America.
— Dr. Lisa Berkman, Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health