In this concluding chapter we first draw together the findings from the chapters in this volume, integrating and highlighting themes. We then evaluate the status of the Third Age and consider whether or not it refers to a new life stage. We end with a brief discussion of broader implications of our findings.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
At least since 1950, Americans age 25 or older have had a more than 50-50 chance of surviving until age 65 (Sorensen). What has changed in the new millennium is that the number of adults reaching the age of 65 has increased to eight in ten and, of greater import, of those who reach the age of 65, close to two-thirds …