Mary Catherine Bateson—author of the landmark bestseller Composing a Life—
us an inspiring exploration of a new life stage that she calls
Adulthood II, a result of the longer life spans and greater resources we
now enjoy. In Composing a Further Life,
Bateson redefines old
age as an opportunity to reinvent ourselves and challenges us to use it
to pursue new sources of meaning and ways to contribute to society.
shares the stories of men and women who are flourishing examples of
this “age of active wisdom”—from a retired boatyard worker turned
silversmith to a famous actress to a former foundation president
exploring the crucial role of grandparents in our society. Retiring no
longer means withdrawing from life, but engaging with it more deeply,
and Composing a Further Life
points the way.