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.
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.