Freud said it best: “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” We’ll leave the amatory advice for another time, but it looks like it would be a boon to the economy for us to keep toiling until at least 70 (A bit at odds with the above piece about 61’s being the average retirement age, no?). As baby boomers age, the 65+ population will grow from about 13 percent of America’s population in 2010 to 20 percent by 2030. If we work, so some economists argue, we could stimulate economic growth. Maybe more meaning and more money? Time will tell. Well, work, is nice if you can get it, but you can’t always, even if you try. The Huffington Post calls being older an “elephant in the room” for many job seekers. Go here.
Could be. The next community to have a Coming of Age initiative: Tampa. That’ll bring us up to 10 in the Coming of Age network (plus five other communities that present our programs). We’re also taking our show on the road… to Harrisburg. Commissioned by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, we’ll be training representatives from Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) from counties from across the state on how to engage older adults as volunteers. It’s a pilot aimed at doubling the number of volunteers at the countries 700 AAAs. We’re also working at the Smithsonian this summer and training more folks to deliver Explore Your Future in Kansas City.
The Intergenerational Center is looking for a part-time Financial Analyst to assist with a variety of Business Office activities, including conducting daily financial operations and assisting with pre- and post-grant award work such as developing budgets, reconciling expenses, doing budget projections, and maintaining records.
Donna Summer had our number: We're "on the radio." And it would seem everywhere else journalists, producers and raconteurs are telling stories. Coming of Age says "It's All About What People 50+ Can Do" and it seems like the media is falling all over each other to tell our stories. Check out this segment from PBS-TV's Newshour about older entrepreneurs; a radio show called "And So It Goes," where elders share their stories with the radio audience, and an upcoming movie The Age of Love about... senior dating.
Okay, you're lucky enough to have a job. You may even like it. You're using your skills. You're making a buck. Your colleagues have become your chums. Only one problem: the boss. He stinks. As in major b.o. The workday start out fine, but by five o'clock, call the smell police! He's a great guy and a great boss, but if this situtation gets any worse-- and it seems to be heading distinctly in that direction-- you just might faint. What do you do? The answer is here.
We all know it's a tough job market-- especially for older workers. Here are three reources that offer help: First, a recent article from USA Today on "Rethinking Retirement: Tips for Older Job Serarchers". Next, a new resource from the National Council on Aging, Job Source. Lastly, check out Work Search from AARP, which that august group bills as "The Job Seeker's Online Guide to Success." And success is what we hope you have by using these tools. Write if you get work! More on work below...
None other than our own Mayor Michael Nuitter was invited to pen this paean to our fair city, delightfully entited "City of Elderly Love" by AARP for their International Journal. Read it and feel proud (but don't forget we're also the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection). And in response to this piece there are some wonderful posts on this blog from GenPhilly-- young professionals in our town committed to creating a community in which we all thrive as we age.
Ann Brenoff, a senior writer for the Huffington Post and a Pulitzer Prize winner reflects on what she has learned about working (since her part-time job at 14) and how that knowledge can be helpful in the encore years. Among lessons learned are you that you need to realize that "nothing lasts forever" (that goes for good and bad), you should "go boldly into that dark night" (we miss a lot of opportunities out of fear of change...show some spunk!), and "what you do for a living is just part of who you are" (and you are way more than the sum of your parts). For more of her well-earned wisdom, click here.
And speaking of jobs...AARP has joined forces with LinkedIn to launch Work Reimagined, a social media site targeted at older adults who want to find jobs. A June report by Pew Research Center found that 50% of people ages 50 to 64 use social networking sites. This site adds value by building the user's online social media presence and providing a community where people share information and find job opportunities offered by 120 employers (all of whom have agreed to treat all applicants equally, regardless of age). You can connect to Work Reimagined through LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook or at workreimagined.aarp.org.
Did you know that over half – 57 percent – of the more than 10 million nonprofit jobs in the U.S. are in health care? And that health care will generate millions of new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry? If that situation gets you thinking about your encore in a big-picture sense, a new, free website can help you drill down to the details. The Virtual Career Network can help you explore 80 different health care careers. You can even take online classes (some free) and search for health care jobs by zip code.