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Adrift in the Tsunami: Boomers Arriving at 65

David Solie

David Solie

Created and Presented by David Solie, MS, PA

The boomers are landing on the shore of late age at a rate of 12,000 a day. While turning 65 is officially classified as “young-old,” there is little doubt this is a quantum shift in the boomer lifecycle. As important, this involuntary transition is not just leaving behind middle age bodies; it is also about leaving behind middle age psychology. The developmental tasks of fifty-something are being replaced by the tasks of seventy-something. Adding to the complexity is the persistent turbulence of post-meltdown world. Now what?

This new presentation by David Solie offers a breakthrough perspective of the developmental dilemma that boomers are facing as they turn 65. Based on his research on the psychology of the second half of life, this program offers both advisors and their boomer clients critical insights and much needed navigational strategies to successfully negotiate this involuntary transition.

Attendees will learn:

  • Unique insights about where boomers at 65 “are coming from” as they leave mid-age. Making sense of the experience of mid-age from a developmental perspective is an essential prelude to transitioning into world of late age.
  • Unique insights about where boomers at 65 “are going to” as they enter the world of “young old.” Framing the developmental needs of late age is an essential prelude to understanding and navigating the clusters of dilemmas that dominate the last phase of life.
  • How to use a new self-inventory questionnaire called The Transition SurveyTM. Based on a stable-unstable assessment of six broad life-sectors, it provides a snapshot of the status of boomer transition assets. The Transition SurveyTM is both a look back at where boomers have been and a look forward to the mission that lay ahead. In developmental terms, it shows which transition assets are in alignment with the tasks of the final phase of life: control and legacy. Conversely, it quickly highlights which of the six resources could potentially undermine them. This “big picture” view at the gateway to the next twenty and possibly thirty years could prove invaluable to boomers who are searching for clarity and direction to help them preserve quality of life as well as promote optimal aging.

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