From left: Gail Sheehy and Robert Lipsyte

Inside Media: A Report on "Life (Part 2)"

September 13, 2009

Guests: Robert Lipsyte and Gail Sheehy

By Lesette R. Heath, special programs coordinator

Boomer Marriage. Dancing with Doctors. Encore Careers. If any of it sounds familiar, then maybe you’re ready for "Life (Part 2)."

The popular PBS series, with its no-holds barred approach to embracing life and love after 50, has returned for a second season on Sept. 13, 2009.

Host Robert Lipsyte, perhaps best known for his two decades as a columnist and writer for The New York Times, said he’s proud to be a part of a show targeted at the needs and interests of baby boomers.

"We have 20 episodes, and we do everything from dating while grayer to real hard looks at early stages of Alzheimer’s," he said. "We really think that boomers need comfort and advice along this journey."

Best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributor Gail Sheehy, who appears on two upcoming episodes, pointed out that in America there’s still a resistance to the concept of aging.

"The objective is to stay young as old as possible," she said. Sheehy’s influential book "Passages" addresses the challenges men and women face as they age.

And the challenges seem endless. According to Lipsyte, most boomers are part of "the sandwich generation," which means they care for their parents and their adult children.

Lipsyte noted that a recent survey found that boomers tend to believe that old age begins at 80.

"Now that’s a wonderful thought, given that life expectancy in America is 78," he teased.

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