ERIC Number: EJ925989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-14
Collection Development: The New Golden Years
Kleiman, Allan M.
Library Journal, v135 n12 p40-42 Jun 2010
For today's older adults, retirement means adventure, travel, volunteering, and second careers, options that parents and grandparents never had even considered. One reason for this change in attitude is the increase in the lifespan (for both men and women) over the past decades. In 1950, for example, the average life expectancy was 70.8 years; by 2020, it is projected to be 79.5 years (National Vital Statistics Reports, April 17, 2009). As described in J. Walker Smith's "Generation Ageless" and Robert Butler's "The Longevity Revolution", baby boomers have also contributed to the shifting notions about "aging." Today, this time in one's life after family and career is now called "The Third Age" and can mean 20, 30, or even 40 more active and productive years. Libraries can help their patrons plan for this "age" by providing a wide range of materials that encourage lifelong learning, brain health, creativity, and volunteerism. The collection needs to be up-to-date and current (within three years for weeding purposes) since much of the material, especially financial and travel resources, can be time sensitive. The author presents a list of print (including those from many small and independent publishers) and online resources that offer a good starting point for expanding and diversifying one's retirement collection.
Descriptors: Travel, Retirement, Baby Boomers, Lifelong Learning, Library Services, Older Adults, Libraries, Volunteers, Aging (Individuals), Users (Information)
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