Kari Henley is the founder of Community Without Borders, a boutique instructional design firm and is a visionary social entrepreneur, expert host, virtual training consultant, and creative strategist in the aging industry. She is a leader in strategic shifts to virtual education and highlighting innovations in the global longevity industry.
Global Perspectives on Retirement and Ageism
Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA, is an internationally respected expert on lifestyle issues relating to retirement, aging, caregiving, and family dynamics. She is a life transitions expert, social entrepreneur, coach, speaker, author, and consultant to North American organizations in aging and financial services.
Kari Henley, Community Without Borders, United States
Amy D’Aprix, Life Transitions with Dr. Amy, Canada
The concept of retirement was “invented” in 1889, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who famously said, “Those who are disabled from work by age and invalidity have a well-grounded claim to care from the state,” he said at the time, when average life expectancy in Germany was about 47 years old.
As many societies have gained nearly 30 years of active adulthood, the concept of retirement is changing dramatically. Older adults often need to work longer to support a longer lifespan, yet the impacts of working later in life have yet to be addressed with multiple generations in the workforce, government support structures antiquated or underfunded, and ageism rampant.
Thus, the question is, how is the concept of retirement now impacting various cultures around the globe?
Is retirement ageist itself? How do we explore the systems and mindsets necessary to expand our understanding of the modern needs of older adults in their ongoing professional capacities? Which country is serving as a leader in this area? What can we learn from each other?
In this workshop, we will explore differing models of retirement spanning the globe, including Canada, USA, Denmark, South Africa, China, Brazil and Australia.
We will examine the social, economic and government policies from multiple countries tied to retirement and explore how those policies may contribute to or reduce ageism. We will consider the impacts of retirement on the individual in four areas: practically, emotionally, their family, and financially.
This workshop will feature insights from several of the IFA Directors representing their countries perspectives and facilitated by Directors, Dr. Amy D’Aprix and Kari Henley.