The Open Road: America Looks at Aging, which premiered
on PBS in July 2005, examines the personal and social impact of the impending
retirement of America's 77 million Baby Boomers.
Through insightful stories of individuals confronting the obstacles and pursuing
opportunities presented by the "third stage" of life, The Open
Road probes the important social, economic, and cultural issues at stake.
It is a film that will make people think, talk, and plan for the road that lies
The Open Road is a key part of a nation-wide dialogue that will include
town meetings in 9 select cities, locally-sponsored discussion groups throughout
the U.S., articles written on retirement authored by veteran journalists, and
the creation of a model communities program.
Coupled with this intensive grassroots outreach effort, The Open Road
will help Americans from all walks of life gain understanding of the importance
of this imminent demographic change and to begin planning for the challenges
and obstacles that must be overcome to successfully shape America's future into
the first half of the 21st century.
Narrated by Michele Norris
of All Things Considered.