Thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging through the Long Term Life Training Institute and the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, we’re pleased to offer four Bucks County presentations of the Coming of Age workshop series, Explore Your Future in March, April, and May in Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Bensalem and Morrisville.
This workshop series gives participants a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in their lives. It is a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping adults 50+ create a vision for making their future satisfying and rewarding. Want the details? They’re just a click away.
Philadelphia Encore Men (those between middle and true old age) don’t seem to have gotten the memo about not sharing feelings and concerns. We now have two groups who meet monthly to discuss thoughts and feelings about work, relationships, planning for the future, etc.
As the groups have bonded, they’ve begun to explore other profound topics: spirituality, facing mortality, and that ultimate challenge—dealing with adult children! The groups have even made contact with counterparts in Florida and California (Maybe that memo’s MIA?!).
“Why is everything you do in Center City?” we often hear. Well, we do present programming throughout the region, but most activities are in Philadelphia. So, this winter we’re taking our “Explore Your Future” program on the road. To Bristol!
The workshop series will be offered from 10 AM to 3 PM on March 3 & 10 at the Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center, Wood & Mulberry Sts. For more info, call (215) 788-9238. It also will be offered 10 AM to 3 PM on March 4 & 11 at the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Rd. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 785-6322.
Boomers have always disliked being labeled, no? (Even some eschew the Boomer appellation itself!) So.. what are their plans for the rest of their lives? The answers are as varied as they. According to a recent survey by Merrill Lynch, Boomers plan to retire at 65, never retire, work part time, volunteer full- or part-time, go back to school full- or part-time… and so on. And where will they live? Right where they are… or close to children… or they're going to move to an area with a lower cost of living… or a retirement community. What will they do? Many will spend time caring for aging parents (see article below) but will still manage to exercise, take part in extreme sports, listen to music, explore social media and date.
No mention anywhere, however, of a rocking chair.
See and hear inspiring stories about local folks who are living transformative lives after 50, learning new things, having real impact on the community, and more. Check out the Coming of Age Stories, produced by Coming of Age partner WHYY. here. There are 70 of them!
Want to join our next Encore Men’s Group? “What IS an Encore Men’s Group,” you ask. If you’re male, between middle age and true old age, then you’re in your "encore stage.” Working? Retired? Doesn’t matter. Our first group, which is now oversubscribed, has been meeting this spring and summer. We’re looking for 4 more men so we will have a dozen for our second group. What will you do? Get together to talk about whatever feels right--sports, kids, grandkids, work, dreams, doubts-- all based on the notion that you’re in a new stage of life that really didn’t exist before. Click here and fill out this short form. We’ll get back to you as soon we have 12 (hopefully not angry) men.
Want to know when the next Coming of AgeExplore Your Future four session workshop series will be held in Philadelphia? Email us at info@ComingofAge.org, put “Explore Your Future” in the subject line and we’ll be in touch as soon as the next series is scheduled. This program will give you a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in your life-- a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping you create a vision for making your future satisfying and rewarding.
Watch Coming of Age founding partner WHYY much? You should. Now, here’s another reason to.The PBS NewsHour has expanded its ongoing reporting on older workers with a new interactive web page called "New Adventures for Older Workers.” Check it out. Scrolling through the page is an experience itself. Want to stay healthy at work? Get off your duff and do some stuff. Those may soon be doctors’ orders—straight from the American Medical Association.
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 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 summer is going to be a busy time for Coming of Age nationally. 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). And it all started here in Philly. 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. We’re also working at the Smithsonian in Washington, D. C. and training more folks to deliver Explore Your Future in Kansas City.