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Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins

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CHAPTER 1

The New Reality of Aging

Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

BETTY FRIEDAN

Make no mistake about it: America is aging. This is the transformational issue of our time. Its impact on the economy, jobs, education, culture and communities is pervasive. Just as the birth of the baby boom generation redefined American life in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, the aging of the boomers will reshape the way we live and work in the 2010s, ’20s, and ’30s.

People today live longer and live better than ever before. Consider that two hundred years ago most of our ancestors were living at—or just above—subsistence level: ...

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