The Strategic Life Planning Program designed by Norman and Madeleine York is provided for individuals and/or couples to help them prepare for the eventuality of living to age 100 and beyond. Life expectancy is now over age 80 for the general population and it is significantly more for those who take responsibility for their physical and mental health.

However, compelling as this longevity may appear, living long without living well affords little appeal to most people. And since living well is also associated with having purpose in life, and with creating value, means of doing so provide a central focus of concern. Because much of our purpose in life, and much of our sense of self, is derived from work, finding work with an on-going characteristic is essential for creating purpose and therefore for effective living.

Despite the need to find purpose in productivity, most people will require an income stream from sources other than pensions, investments, and social security when faced with the reality of living so many years past the traditional age of retirement. This need is driven by the general inability to forecast future economic conditions that are subject to political caprice and related fluctuations, e.g., rates of inflation, interest rates and delayed Social Security eligibility.
In 1990 only 1.3% of the population was over the age of 85, whereas 12.5% are expected to be over 85 by the year 2040. Furthermore, typically, the highest incidence of alcoholism, suicide, and divorce has been found among the older segment of the population, because life without meaning is dysfunctional.

The overriding goal of the Long Life Planning Program is to provide the insights and the strategies needed to develop a plan of action designed to help people prepare for longevity financially, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

The program includes a process of information, goal-setting, and reinforcement designed to serve as a guide to long, productive living. It can be conducted over a prolonged period of days or weeks or in a short time frame of four to five days, plus pre-planning time for information gathering and completion of test instruments as well as follow up activities.

Personal and Career Assessment is designed to provide insight into three domains: interest, ability, and personal style. When coupled with use of our Decision Model, this information will afford an opportunity to make objective choices about key elements that affect the future.

  • Re-Careering Strategies are a central focus of the work, since the ability to create purpose will provide the essence of effective living. Because we derive most of our purpose from work, we will explore ideas for the continuous use of skills.
  • Personal Wellness provides insight and strategies into the key issues of diet, exercise, and stress management that will help each person become more responsible for his or her personal health.
  • Time Management strategies provide understanding of the importance of planning one's time among a greater variety of activities which are likely to require more leisure and social activities in proportion to that heretofore devoted to work.
  • Communications and Conflict Resolution allows each person to understand that more time together opens the opportunity for misunderstandings and conflict and that negative experiences can be remediated or avoided all together with appropriate strategies.
  • Financial Planning affords the opportunity to work with a professional to set financial goals and to develop strategies for their achievement.
  • Legal and Estate Planning allows the development of a plan to create such documents as wills, trusts, and other instruments that will preserve the estate and protect the beneficiaries.
    The learning experiences are reinforced with key references and follow-up activities that allow periodic review and modification as objectives and circumstances change from time to time.