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November 21 - November 27


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Milestones e-news has hit the Internet and you'll want to check it out! This free weekly publication, published by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, focuses on topics of interest to 50+ers. A recent issue includes a story about the increasing numbers of male caregivers; a turkey/tofu discussion; and the finding that stress reduction increases retirees' sleep. To read a copy and subscribe, click here.

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The Purpose Prize, awarded annually by Civic Ventures, recognizes social entrepreneurs sixty and older who have done extraordinary things to improve the lives of others. This year's recipients of $50,000 and $100,000 prizes include a psychiatrist who recruits mental health professionals to provide free services to veterans, active military and their families and a former NASA exec who treats alcoholism in Native American communities by reviving old traditions and customs. Click to view videos of the winners.

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Do you find yourself giving money to grown up children while telling them you never took a dime from your parents? Today, more of the nation’s younger generations (20s, 30s, even 40s) are dependent on their parents and grandparents. Should parents set limits, or is this transfer of wealth a social and economic necessity in the long jobless recession? How has this growing dependence changed the country?  Check out what some experts are saying.

A new book about loss is reassuring. In The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss, George A. Bonanno, a Columbia University clinical psychologist, acknowledges the acute sorrow felt after a death, but points out how resilient most people are. Those experiencing the loss fluctuate between pain and happier emotions, seek comfort, maintain their equilibrium and find renewed meaning and pleasure in life.

Coming Soon
An American filmmaker who revolutionized the documentary film genre, Ken Burns is the award-winning creator of The Civil War, the highest-rated series in public television history. Burns will be discussing the companion book to his new series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, on November 23rd at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia at noon. Hear this dynamic speaker talk about the creation and evolution of the National Parks System -- and view breathtaking photos. For online tickets, click here or call (215) 686-5322.

Mark your calendar for December 1st, 6:30 pm, as the Philadelphia chapter of The Transition Network celebrates its First Year Anniversary with a special evening featuring lecturer/author Barbara Shaiman, providing a presentation based on her new book, "Live Your Legacy Now! Ten Steps to Find Your Passion and Change the World." Barbara will help participants create a vision and a plan for initiating a personal legacy. Refreshments. Free for TTN members, $5 for guests. To register online, click here.

The National Constitution Center is offering the opportunity for you to become an "expert" on constitutional issues through its new partnership with One Day University. Go back to college for a day (with no homework!) and attend lectures by the most popular professors at top schools. The topics at the upcoming December 5th event are The Constitution 2009 - What Would the Founders Say?, The Untold History of the U.S. Constitution, and The U.S. Constitution as a Global Document. To learn more and register, call (800) 219-1815 or click here.

WOMEN'S WAY is holding a free, half-day conference on December 5th promoting a positive sense of self for young women. This is the organization's first intergenerational conference, bringing together high school-aged girls and adults who work with and influence women, to discuss healthy relationships, sexuality, social media, and leadership. The event will be at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th & The Parkway, Philadelphia from 9:30 am-3 pm. For more information, e-mail Cate Galbally or call (215) 985-3322. 

Nonprofits, public schools, and tax-exempt public service agencies who use volunteers to improve the physical health of their community can apply for the Home Depot's Building Healthy Communities Grant Program. The awards of up to $2,500 are made in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools or materials. December 15th is the deadline to submit a grant through the online application process. For more information and to apply, click here.

Have We Got an Opportunity For You
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Type: Unpaid
Temple University is seeking 10-15 mature adults with math/science/education backgrounds to participate in its "Saturday Academies" program, starting January 2010, twice a month, to help with academic achievement, parent knowledge of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) careers, and robotics clubs for teens. To learn more, contact Jamie Bracey. On the New Jersey side, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Drexel's Math Forum are creating a corps of retired professionals with math/science expertise to help launch a new Mentors 4 STEM program. These volunteers will collaborate on experiential classroom lessons and career awareness activities with Cherry Hill, New Jersey high school teachers. Contact Lauren Ward at (215) 731-7165 or e-mail
Type: Paid
People's Emergency Center (PEC), the oldest provider of emergency shelter and supportive services to homeless women and children in Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a computer instructor to facilitate training to a diverse population. This staff member is responsible for providing classes to students enrolled in several of PEC programs and to students receiving training in the surrounding community. If you are interested, e-mail your resume or call Tynnetta McCain at (215) 386-6290.
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Type: Unpaid
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) has an opening for a media intern skilled in promoting its year-round events and screening programs. Interns will learn how a film festival is planned and executed and will provide advertising and stories to local, national and international news outlets. Interested applicants should send a current resume and cover letter to: Parinda Patel, Managing Director, Philadelphia Film Society, 600 Chestnut Street, Suite 705, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or e-mail.
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Consider volunteering to be a co-facilitator for BrainWise, a support group run by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. The group offers brain injury survivors living independently in the community peer-support and fellowship and meets twice-monthly for an hour and a half. The facilitator should be skilled in group management, group dynamics, communication, and have some experience with brain injury. Mentoring is available for this role. E-mail or call Monica at (215) 718-5052.
This Week's Medicare Tip
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You may know that new Medicare prescription drug and health plan choices are offered each year. Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period runs from November 15 to December 31. Annual Enrollment is your chance to review your current plan – including your Original Medicare coverage – compare it with your other options, and make sure you’re getting the best available coverage for your health care needs.

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