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The Shift That Will Utterly Transform Society

How will we come of age in an aging America?


Editor’s note: This article is part of a year-long project about aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging.

The number of Americans over age 50 is climbing steadily — and they are part of a new life stage that acknowledges they’re older, yes, but not “old old.”

PBS documentary filmmaker Christine Herbes-Sommers is exploring what’s happening to the growing number of people in this newly created phase: “Who are they, what are they doing, what are their bodies and minds doing? How are they working?”

(MORE: Transforming Life As We Age)

Her project, Coming of Age in Aging America, seeks to answer those questions in an upcoming documentary. The planned hour-long PBS film (out next year) will be used to spark discussions in cities and towns about what should change in our policies, thinking and behavior around aging.

This four-minute video brilliantly sums up the ideas behind the larger project. It’s worth checking out:

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