New Book Examines Ways Boomers Are Reinventing Old Age
With A Little Help From Our Friends; creating community as we grow older
The baby boomer generation came of age with an anti-establishment attitude. They made music their form of expression, embraced social ideals and dramatic cultural change while living through see-saw economic prosperity. So, it’s no surprise that the boomer generation is rewriting what it means to grow older.
Author Beth Baker explores these innovative approaches that are aimed at allowing people to balance independence with a close community in her new book, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Creating Community as We Grow Older (Vanderbilt University Press).
Meet the author, Beth Baker at SubText on Friday September 26. The event will be held from 7 to 8 pm and Baker will be on hand to meet and greet with readers, answer questions and sign her book.
She weaves a rich tapestry of grassroots alternatives, among them:
an affordable mobile home cooperative
a senior artists’ colony
neighbors helping neighbors in “Villages” or “naturally occurring retirement communities”
best friends, multigenerational families, niche communities banding together
and many more innovative alternatives to retirement
“This book shares stories of people around the country creatively coming up with new ways to live their next chapter, within a network of friendship and support,” Baker explains.
Praise for With A Little Help from Our Friends:
"Beth Baker courageously and empathetically asks the question many Baby Boomers avoid:
How will we make it through our aging years with dignity, independence and pleasure?"
—Michele Kort, Senior Editor, Ms. Magazine
"Every Baby Boomer who wants to 'age in place' should read this book. So should their children." —Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents, Resident Fellow, the Urban Institute
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beth Baker, a long-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, AARP Bulletin, Washingtonian, and Ms. Magazine, is the features editor of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Baker is the author of Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes. She and her husband live in the close-knit community of Takoma Park, MD.