Many facts, along with insights, are in the 2015 book "The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America." By Ai-Jen Poo, no surprise, it's doing well on the rankings on Amazon.com.
Among the statistics provided is this: If we Baby Boomers make it to age 75, we can probably live into our 90s and beyond. Those who die before that are usually taken out by cancer or organ failure. The trick is to spend those many remaining years on our own terms. Not what a youth-center society demands.
At the top of the list is the need for dignity. One reason I migrated from the New York Metro market to the West Coast one is I sensed there was extreme age bias on the East Coast. My professional life has been very important to me. Increasingly, I was feeling less-than when pitching in-person for assignments in Manhattan.
In April 2014, I high-tailed it out here to the Southwest. There is practically no age bias. Also, the marketplace west of the Northeast Corridor tends to be more of a meritocracy.
My dignity is also preserved because the cost of living is significantly lower in the Southwest than on the East Coast. I am no longer preoccupied with the wolf scratching at the door. No, I don't talk about money any more. Of course, that has enhanced how I am able to pitch to clients. There is no financial desperation.
For the first time since that horrific downturn, my skills are back in demand. I can cherry-pick my assignments.
Emerging, at least, for me, once a one-dimensional career woman, is the value of putting together a lifestyle on my own terms. No one will ever again impose an "ought" on me.
Poo's book delivers an effective pep talk on our right to dignity.