Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life by Dr. Dr. Bill Thomas

How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood?

When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It’s like the moment when your favorite tennis shoes start to give you blisters. The way you’ve been living your adult life doesn’t fulfill you anymore.

In this groundbreaking book, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine explains how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.

When the postwar generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump started a cultural revolution that shaped today’s society. Now, many feel they are living a life of frenzied disharmony, driven by the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire. This out-of-balance feeling is a signal that the postwar generation is facing a second coming of age, a life beyond adulthood. How it handles that transition will be its final legacy.

In Second Wind, Dr. Bill Thomas, named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, treats the Baby Boom generation as he would one of his patients, sympathetically exploring its history before recommending a path toward healing and a life rich with developmental opportunity.

Dr. Thomas says that life can and should be reimagined. New ways of living and working are waiting to be discovered on the far side of adulthood. Predicting that Boomers will choose the path of the Denialist, the Realist, or the Enthusiast, he discusses the behaviors and mindsets that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life’s journey: hope and a renewed sense of all that is possible.


Dr. Bill Thomas, MD, is an internationally recognized expert on aging. He co-created the Eden Alternative and the Green House Project, both models to revolutionize nursing home care. He is currently the director of AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute and lives in Ithaca, New York.

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William H. Thomas, M.D. is an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. A graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1986, he completed graduate medical training at the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency.

While pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine, a part-time position as the medical director of a small rural nursing home turned into a full-time and life-long passion for improving the well-being of older people. In the early 1990’s, he and his wife Judith Meyers-Thomas developed the Eden Alternative, now a non-profit organization with international reach, which includes affiliates in Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and across the United States. Dr. Thomas’ groundbreaking work in person-directed care also led him to imagine a new approach to long-term care that became known as the Green House. He oversaw the construction of the nation’s first Green Houses, and this model of care is now being replicated nationwide as an alternative to traditionally-designed nursing homes.

The author of six books, Dr. Thomas is also the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors, among them, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, 2009 Picker Award for Excellence® in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, and being named as one of the ten most influential people in long-term care.

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