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Getting Older? (Who Isn’t?) Philly’s the Place to Be!

“Life Begins a Forty” said American psychologist Walter Pitkin in his self-help tome of that title. Note to Walter: In Philly a lot of good stuff kicks in a decade or so later.  And we’re not just talking movie/ theatre discounts, free bus rides, etc.
 
To wit (and to check out):  The Transition Network, The Positive Aging Lunch group (for info, emailP DiversePro@aol.com), Friends in the City, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the LGBT Elder Initiative, the Free Library Central Senior Services, the Gray Panthers (for info, email maryanncolletta@yahoo.com), Penn’s Village and the Conscious Elders NetWork (for info, email caroladams@verizon.net).
 
And that’s just for starters.  But we figured that was enough links and email addresses to sate you for a while.


New “Explore Your Future” Program Coming… to Philly and Pittsburgh

Coming of Age has received funding from the Council on Compulsive Gambling in Pennsylvania to present two pilots of a new iteration of our Explore Your Future program. This new version will give participants a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in their lives, what a mindful risk is, and the importance of active engagement. The Philly pilot site will be selected and announced here next month.


I Just Called to Say I Love You

The idea that no one is perfect is a view most commonly held by people with no grandchildren. ~Doug Larson
 
The blurb you are reading is for those who would like to spend more time with those embodiments of perfection, their grandchildren. Whether the challenge is geographic or caused by other constraints, here are some tips:
 
Web it. According to Amy Harmon, the biggest boon to geographically-challenged grandparents is the web cam. Many grandparents schedule regular visits with young grandchildren at which time they read books or hold tea parties. The iPhone’s FaceTime feature is even more convenient though prone to the occasional facial distortion.
 
Tell stories. Beth Sanders, author of the Memory Journal, suggests storytelling via letter or telephone calls and vacations.
 


It's Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime

And the livin' is easy...  leastways that's what the Gershwin brothers said.  So we're taking a cue from George and Ira and a break from workshops and panels and publishing Inspiring Opportunities
 
What are we spending the summer doing? Readying new curricula, planning for more work with our fair state's area agencies on aging, and writing grants to support some exciting new older adult civic engagement projects.
 
We'll be back... when they days (start to) grow short.


Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

It’s been a banner year for Coming of Age (we do the July to June fiscal thing) in Philadelphia, the region, state and on the national scene. To wit:
 
Philly-wise.  We presented both of our signature programs— our four-session workshop series “Explore Your Future” for individuals at the Philly AARP office— and two Philadelphia Foundation-sponsored “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of People Age 50+” Learning Labs on Temple’s main campus. Worked with Temple University staff contemplating retirement to help them plan their futures.


Singing in the Car, Just Singing in the Car

Topics: Music, Study, Travel

And while you’re still thinking road trip, ponder this:  Delphi Automotive Systems did a study back in 1999 to determine why almost everyone sings in the car; the study concluded that it was an emotional transformer used while people did something stressful and unpleasant: drive.
 
The article about the study goes on to say that when we get in the car and drive along to the oldies, we actually transport ourselves into a different state of mind. This state of mind, described perfectly by the inimitable Joyce Wadler in Keeping It on the Road, is probably why road trips exist (See above).
 
Wishing you a snazzy sports car, the perfect soundtrack and a rare day in June (then, if ever come perfect days, remember!).


On the Road Again

On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again
And I can't wait to get on the road again
 
Willie Nelson sure got it right.

It’s springtime and that road is calling. An event Americans consider uniquely their own, the road trip was a rite of passage for many now age 50 and older. From the Sunday afternoon drive to the summer vacation, we piled into the family car and were off on the next great adventure.
 
Thinking about heading out? Before you go, here’s some helpful info: Seven Favorite Driving Vacations details scenic trips along the Pacific Coast Highway, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, the Great Northern Highway and four others. Links to events and places of interest are included.


Coming of Age Director to Retire

Coming of Age national and Philadelphia director, Dick Goldberg, will retire on July 1. He’s one more example that the Coming of Age Explore Your Future program works! Facilitating that workshop over 20 times helped put him in touch with what he wants for his next steps.
 
In Dick’s case, that’s music projects, more visits to the West Coast to spend time with children and grandchildren, new learning and volunteer opportunities, and later this year, possibly some special projects for… Coming of Age!
 
Temple University's Intergenerational Center, where Coming of Age is housed, will announce this summer who will be overseeing the initiative's work going forward.


Another Bucks County "Explore Your Future" Presentation

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 yet one more Bucks County presentation of the four-session  Explore Your Future workshop series this month. 
 
It will be at the Neshaminy Activity Center 1842 Brownsville Rd., Trevose, PA 19053.  Sessions I and II will be presented May 27, 9:30 AM to 2 PM, and Sessions III and IV, May 28, 9:30 AM to 2 PM.
 
Explore Your Future gives participants a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in their lives. It's a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping adults 50+ create a vision for making their future satisfying and rewarding.
 
There is no cost for Explore Your Future at the Neshaminy center; and lunch is included (for a $2 donation). Register in the Center office or by calling 215-355-6967


Green Tea, Spitting, and Other Health News

A new study confirms that green tea really does improve memory and explains how that works.
 
Can the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling improve your dental health? Perhaps... but watch where you spit!
 
Also, it may be worth your while to appeal a health claim denial. Some private insurance companies do not allow appeals, but many do and under the Affordable Care Act, every insured person has the right to appeal a denial. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to get it wrong the first time around for a variety of reasons, so how can it hurt?