For as long as anyone can remember, we’ve associated midlife with unwelcome life changes and stagnation. It’s been a harbinger of future decline and potential disability, a time when people begin to worry about being “over the hill.”
Over the last century the human life expectancy has increased from 47 to nearly 80 years, and many of us will live even longer. The years added to our lives aren’t more years of being ‘old;’ rather, they have created a new life stage in the middle. More and more, people at midlife are bumping up against stereotypes and expectations that no longer fit their reality.
The Middlescence Manifesto is a call to action and a declaration of a new understanding of what it means to be in midlife today. Rather than perpetuating ageist attitudes or expectations about turning 40, 50 or 60, the Manifesto describes a path to understanding midlife as “Middlescence,” a new life stage, filled with potential, vitality and purpose. Backed by quantitative research and the qualitative data collected over Barbara Waxman’s 30 years as a gerontologist, the Manifesto establishes that Middlescents are happier and more purpose-driven than almost any other demographic segment.
The Middlescence Manifesto is designed to ignite a revolution. This new life stage – born of our increased longevity – can be filled with creativity, focus and potential. We can harness our leadership abilities to revolutionize our own lives and those of our family members, as well as revolutionizing our communities, workplaces, and the world.