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Author to discuss "Fifty-Five, Underemployed, and Faking Normal" Dec. 6 at Concordia-Chicago


Elizabeth White will discuss her book “Fifty-Five, Underemployed, and Faking Normal” on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., at the kickoff event for the Center for Gerontology’s 2019 Holiday Camp for Seniors. The presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in Krentz Center, Room 120 on the University’s campus.

According to White, millions of Americans in their 50s, 60s and beyond haven’t been able to save enough for retirement. The economic risks of old age are further magnified for women. For people of color, there’s a widening divide in retirement security relative to other Americans. White’s popular book combines expert research and interviews with older adults to assemble a toolkit of financial, psychological, and lifestyle strategies for the baby boomer generation. White offers compelling answers to the essential questions: How can we face the dissonance between our expectations and financial reality? How can we live richly textured lives on modest incomes? How can “circles of resilience” restore a sense of connection and community? What do we need in our lives to feel truly grounded and content?

Elizabeth White is an author and advocate for older adults who face uncertain work and financial jeopardy. White holds a B.S. in political science from Oberlin College, an M.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard University. After finishing business school, White became a retail entrepreneur, co-founding a chain of decorative home stores in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York; when that business failed, she found herself broke in her 50s. Most recently, White served as special advisor to the executive director of Senior Service America. Previously, she was chief operating officer of a midsize nonprofit focused on improving economic conditions in Africa. She began her career in international development at the World Bank.

Copies of “Fifty-Five, Underemployed, and Faking Normal” will be for sale at the event, and a book-signing and reception will follow the talk. For more information on this event or the Holiday Camp for Seniors, contact Dr. John Holton, director of CUC’s Center for Gerontology, at

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.