Third Chapter Living – A Time for Change

There is a point in our lives when “what’s next” isn’t so obvious. For Baby Boomers, this can be an especially unsettling moment. Demands of parenting and careers drove us for more than 40 years (talk about a habit!). Many of us dedicated time and resources to issues of concern — like community, justice, and the environment — to further fill our too short 24-hour days. We focused on others, often to the exclusion of responsibly managing and planning for our own long-term future activity and care.

For many of us, it was illness and caring for a parent that jolted us. Or it may have been the retirement (especially difficult if involuntary ) from a rich career that signaled a new day, a time when we were no longer “a player.”

Or it could have been the covid-19 pandemic that rocked your world in a thousand different ways.

What we do know for certain: this is a time for change.

Third Chapter Living is about embracing change and actively looking for opportunities that positively challenge and enrich our individual lives. This site will showcase good ideas, techniques, and approaches for living full lives in this new chapter of post 55 +.

 Examples of what you can expect to find here are:

  • Shared living models, where people create homes that they share with others (See this New York Times article.) I will be looking for creative examples and will highlight specific techniques and learned lessons that can support the efforts of others interested in pursuing these models. Two articles to consider: “Don’t Mind the Gap in Intergenerational Housing” AND/OR Rethinking the In-Law Apartment as a Sunny Barn.
  • Policy initiatives that enhance housing affordability for seniors. Going beyond conventional tax credit and assisted housing, I will promote Innovative techniques for building, preserving, and operating housing suitable for long-term affordability (ADU in San Diego)   
  • Financial planning and preparation. I will share insights and recommendations from financial planners, Life Plan advisors, and other colleagues to help readers self-evaluate and frame their strategy. Hanging in the background of too many minds is the question, “Do I have enough money?” We’ve been too busy changing the world to focus on this question until now. I will give you some ideas to help you get on your course.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a close-knit community to support friends, family members and ourselves as we age in place. We can do this!

With your help we can collect the best-in-class examples in each of the categories above. Visit the Senior Housing Hunt Facebook page for more information and to be part of the conversation!

7 Comments

  1. Stevie Marie on January 13, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Great Information! Very Valuable!

  2. Susan Ramsey on February 28, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    I have been living this for a few years, but never knew about this title! We have many seniors in our Presbyterian church who are struggling with technology changes in particular. I have just begun to think how to address those issues, but this article opened my eyes to many other related problems for that group also. I want to learn more.
    Thanks.
    Susan Ramsey

  3. Mary Means on May 2, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Congratulations on your launch, Reese! These issues are huge and Third Chapter Living is a terrific new go-to resource. Thanks for all it’s going to be.
    Mary Means

  4. Kevin McQueen on May 2, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Timely information, Reese. Congratulations on the launch!

  5. Ed McNamara on May 6, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Great stuff, Reese. Look forward to more installments.

  6. Sue Stockard on June 20, 2022 at 7:21 am

    I love this! I’ve passed it along to everyone in our cooperative, where we’ve been aging together for 49 years. Just the info we’ve been looking for.

  7. Mary Langston on July 27, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Well, this is already interesting can’t wait to see what’s next!

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