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Been a Long Time Coming: Social Entrepreneurship in Later Life—Issue Brief

by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D., Stephanie Berzin, Ph.D., and Cal J. Halvorsen, MSW.


January 2014—In 1997, Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures) took a bold step and began public conversations that challenged assumptions about the experience of aging and the productive capacities of older adults. Rather than viewing older adults as being on “a decline toward dependence,” Encore.org understood that the creativity, energy, experience, passion, and competencies of older adults could be harnessed to address many of the world’s problems.

In its quest to redefine the horizons of aging, Encore.org has identified a number of strategies to increase older adults’ interest in opportunities for encore careers. The organization defines these as paid or unpaid work in the second half of life that combines personal meaning with social impact.   ...  More »

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