A Research Paper created by Iris Hainstock
(Retirement, Re-Career & Life Transition Coaching, CANADA)
How does resilience, learned as a child, serve you when you are over 50? Does it support you in managing today’s challenges or stressors?
As the Baby Boomer generation ages, it is faced with different challenges and experiences than those of its parents’ generation. Boomers have experienced more rapid change than any generation before them and at the same time they have had significant influence and contribution in shaping today’s world. Now that they are in the next chapter of their lives, how does change impact them? Do they have the same control over change? How does the resilience, learned as a child, serve them when they are over 50? There are higher than ever stress rates in today’s workforce and more prevalent stress-related illnesses. The recent global economic downturn has seen many Baby Boomers lose their jobs, homes, careers, retirement pensions, savings, and even their spouses, and suffer from deteriorating health conditions.
Baby Boomers were raised by the children of the “Great Depression”. For them family and societal values had changed little since the Great War. Then when the Great Depression came, with the downward spiral that resulted, child rearing practices, expectations of children, society, family, and economic conditions changed drastically throughout the 30’s and 40’s, which also included WWII and the aftermath that brought us the “Baby Boomers”. The late 50’s and 60’s saw more drastic changes for the parents of the Boomers, as they watched their values challenged at every turn. More women worked, rights and freedoms for all were demanded, children had a new identity and the term “teenagers” emerged along with an identity this sector of youth had not experienced before. Sexual freedom, self expression and individuality were surfacing driven by the youth (Boomers). At no other time have these conditions been the same. Did these conditions, coupled with personal life experiences, have any impact on the resilience the Boomer generation built?
Statement of Purpose
This research paper is a literature review of many current studies and books on the subject of resilience in people over the age of 50. I wanted to determine if the resilience learned as children serves them in later life managing their challenges or stressors.
I wanted to “shine a light” on this subject to help coaches see the value, as well as the ambiguity of resilience, as they work with their clients. I especially wanted to understand resilience better to prepare myself for my niche, coaching Baby Boomers in life, re-career and retirement transitions.
Next, I will explain the terms – Resilience and Vulnerability…