What is Third Age?

Third Age is an emerging life stage running roughly from ages 50 to 75 and made possible by longer life expectancy. Rich in possibilities and potential, it involves the questioning of one's old identity, a search for new or greater meaning and purpose in work and life and profound change. It is a time of renewal if we address both its challenge and opportunity.

What's Third Age?
What's Third Age?

Third Age can be a time of renewal and transformation if we regard it as an opportunity as well as a challenge.

  • Its opportunity lies in seeing our life as full of possibility, as a process of continual and surprising unfolding, and in knowing that we can make decisions geared to regeneration and fulfillment. 
  • Its challenge lies in our "response-ability" to give back, to find the best way for us to contribute our gifts, talents, experience and wisdom to address the needs of our communities and our world. 

Third Age requires us to make those daily choices which help us to co-create, along with the people and circumstances of our life situation, the kind of living we want to claim for ourselves in the second half of life.

First of all, it’s important to get a brief rundown on what we mean by the Four Ages of Life.  Each of these "ages" is roughly about 20-25 years in a given life span and has the particular focus outlined here.  For those with less longevity the Ages may be greatly compressed but usually each stage is included in some fashion.

Programs and Products
Programs and Products
Products we offer at Third Age Partners
Resources
Resources
Some additional reading.
Coaches & Professionals
Coaches & Professionals
Nancy Cosgriff

Nancy Cosgriff

Nancy C. Cosgriff, MA, DMin, has a varied background and Third Age work "portfolio" that encompasses several of her interests. She is an associate of The Center for Third Age Leadership, the co-author/facilitator of its "Coaching for Third Age Fulfillment" program and facilitator of its client workshops. She is also a faculty member of the Center for Spiritual Guidance and Leadership and facilitates personal/spiritual development workshops for "women of a certain age" through her business, Spiral Explorations. Nancy has over 25 years experience in executive and life/work coaching, has participated in the New Ventures coaching program, in EDGES, a learning community for coaches, and is a member of the MN Coaches Association and MN Organization Development Network. She continues to serve organizational leaders and teams through her work in leadership and organization development consulting, design and group facilitation. Nancy is based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and lives in Marine on St. Croix, MN, on the bluffs of the St. Croix River Valley where she continues to be renewed and inspired.

Monday, 15 April 2013 12:42

After Spring Rain (for Martha)

See those early buds coming out there--
On the hedge bordering your garden?
Those rabbits and deer sculpted in stone nearby
And such welcome friends for you all winter
Suddenly seem "over"-past their prime,
Mere background foils for nature's real beauty.

Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:34

Into Winter

Daylight Savings Time arrived last week in Minnesota so now we have darkness at the end of the afternoon rather than at early morning! But there is no saving of daylight by mere mortals! Darkness is not to be avoided. Now it sneaks up on me during the evening rush hour drive or a late afternoon walk. We're still a month or so away from Winter Solstice when the night is longest but the descending darkness envelopes us pretty quickly even in November-here the month with the most sunless days. The blaze of Fall has ended and as I put my garden beds and pots to rest I realize again that this time of early winter is one of even deeper un-forming. I am invited to slowly let go and come to terms with winter's harsh realities while knowing, too, it offers me its long, dark season of underground trans-forming.

Sun through the corn"We've had unusually severe thunderstorms and record heat in May and June." "We can expect continued above average temps for the month of July." "Record heat and drought conditions persist through August in most of the country. Crop prices are rising!" I've heard these and similar phrases most of this spring and summer. And even though I know that weather is not the same as climate change most eco-scientists say that these extremes are the result of Earth's rising temperature. This already decades-long persistence in changing weather patterns signals a dramatic climate change.

Friday, 01 June 2012 18:40

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

See those early buds coming out there--
On the hedge bordering your garden?
Those rabbits and deer sculpted in stone nearby
And such welcome friends for you all winter
Suddenly seem "over" - past their prime,
Mere background foils for nature's real beauty.

Thursday, 01 December 2011 17:29

Ho, Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha, Ha! The Laugh's on Me!

Tis the season of gift giving and receiving, though I'll admit I finder it easier to give than receive. Perhaps that is the boondoggle of care-taking women, especially, at this yuletide season-to busy ourselves with finding just the right gifts and preparing just the right holiday meals and celebrations! This, of course, takes enormous energy, time and creative effort - all of which can both energize and take a toll on the mind and body all at once. How then, in the midst of all of these expectations, can we satisfy our desire to create lovely times and memories for others AND not fall apart doing it? How can we both have our Christmas cake and eat it too?

Saturday, 01 October 2011 15:38

Taking Time for Letting Go

autumn treeThis is the season of letting go. As we move into the mid November time of late fall the low slant of diminishing light portends an even deeper darkness for the months ahead. Fall has always been a hard time for me. Even, or maybe especially, because of all of its color burst of glory which I know is soon to end. Unlike the first greens of spring, I know that these reds and golds are short-lived. As I shuffle through the fallen leaves in my yard or look out my window at the maple still blazing against the Caribbean-blue sky I'm reminded of these lines from the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, Spring and Fall, "Margaret, are you grieving over golden grove unleaving....it is Margaret you mourn for." For me, the slant of light, the early darkness, the dust of dried-up leaves-all penetrate my body and become a knowing that I too am part of this seasonal cycle.

Sunday, 17 January 2016 18:59

Spreading Her Wings at Age 61

Elaine had been the director of leadership and organizational effectiveness in a large multinational organization. Even in her early 50’s, she was still steeped in that world and the contribution she felt she was making. Elaine told me how she felt she always had one more project that needed her. Thus, she could never leave, even though at times it felt stifling to her. Then a company assignment in Asia introduced her to other cultures and different people.

Are You Ready?

If you want to assess your readiness for renewal in Third Age take a few minutes to complete The Third Age Quotient

Message from Richard Leider

The desire to grow is nothing less than the love of existence--a purpose for being here and a deep desire to fully explore life. Growth is at the root of everything that makes us feel vital. Yet, sometimes we do stop growing. Few coaches are as clear and profound in their guidance as Nancy and Melita. They are master gardeners of the growth soil. If you want to feel vital in your third age, study.... It is a must read for anyone who is willing to ask the question, 'Where do I grow from here?"

- Richard Leider - Best selling author of "The Power of Purpose" & "Repacking Your Bags" and founder of The Inventure Group