Coming of Age Philadelphia
Search the Site

 
Get Inspired

Sign up for Inspiring Opportunities

Email:

Zip:


Four Ways to Explore Your Future NOW
Find Coming of Age on Facebook! Check in for quick updates on events, stories, opportunities, and friends.

What's New

Might Becoming a SuperAger Be in Your FUTURE? We Hope So!

The brains of a select group of elderly people called “SuperAgers” look very different from many of their peers, according to a recently published study.
 
The SuperAgers were picked to be studied because all were over age 80 and had the memory capability of a person 20 to 30 years their junior according the study published in last month’s Journal of Neurology.
 
Understanding their unique "brain signature" will enable scientists to decipher the genetic or molecular source and may foster the development of strategies to protect the memories of normal aging persons as well as treat dementia.  More info here


Is It Time to Catch Up with Dreams? One Man’s Life after Explore Your FUTURE

Shortly before he retired last summer, our former National Director Dick Goldberg got around to doing all the Explore Your FUTURE exercises (after presenting the  program over 20 times around the country!). The following, published last month in the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Milestones, was the upshot:
 
In 2004, when I became director of the national age 50+ civic engagement initiative, Coming of Age, I was asked to develop a program to help people plan engaged retirements. “Why?” I asked. “People have been planning their retirements forever without help.”And then I tried some of the exercises under consideration. One took me on a guided visualization that beckoned my subconscious to draw a picture of what my next chapter might look like.


Coming This Spring (a/k/a the Near FUTURE): A New Explore Your FUTURE

We’re launching a new iteration of our four-session Explore Your FUTURE program that will include responsible gambling education. Whether you’re retired, want to explore unmet dreams, go back to school, or give back to your community, the Explore Your FUTURE workshop is for you! The program includes a range of proven techniques and activities for self-discovery for people age 50+.
 
There will be two pilot presentations of this new version— one in Philadelphia and the other in suburban Pittsburgh. The Philadelphia pilot will be presented at St. Anne’s Senior Community Center (Catholic Health Care Services - Community Based Services for Seniors) 2607 E. Cumberland Street on April 8, 15, 22, and 29, starting at 1:30 PM.  For more information call 215-426-9799 or email krouse@chs-adphila.org
 
Over 7,500 older adults throughout the country have participated in Explore Your FUTURE programs.


We’re B-a-a-a-a-c-k! And the FUTURE Looks Bright

Did you miss getting your Inspiring Opportunities in December and January?  We hope so (not that we want to cause discomfort, but we like the idea of being missed). 
 
The Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning, our principal founder, moved from the university’s College of Health Professions and Social Work to the College of Education; and as result, a few things needed to be put on hold, including some Coming of Age activities. 
 
But we’re back in the saddle, with some new activities.  To wit:


What’s the Matter with Kids Today? Well, it’s Not Their Reading Habits

Kids today with their selfies and their Snapchats and…  their love of literature! Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a recent study from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans. Beat that with a stick. Read all about it… in this article in The Atlantic.


To Sharpen Your Mind, Build Your Vocabulary, Say Spanish Scientists

Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older, according to researchers at the University of Santiago de Compostela. To make up for this loss, the brain's cognitive reserve is put to the test. These Santiagan scientists have studied which factors can help to improve this ability and they concluded that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor. No word on whether it’s better for your new words to be in Spanish, but que no sería malo (It couldn't hurt)!
 


When Mourning, You are More Susceptible to Fungi

Bereavement affects a person’s immune system, and the impact varies as we grow older, say researchers in this PsychCentral.com posting. “During the difficult weeks and months after loss we can suffer from reduced neutrophil function,” says Dr. Anna Phillips of Birmingham University, U.K.  Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that helps fight off infections, particularly those caused by bacteria and fungi.
 


Don’t Blame It on the Bossa Nova (Or Rio); Blame It on… Who Else? The Boomers!

As societies grow more prosperous, people live longer. And because on the whole they no longer need children to look after them in their dotage – throughout much of human history, nature’s form of social safety net – those societies grow more selfish and have fewer kids. Or so says this recent article in The London Telegraph.
 
These same trends happen in all societies. For America, however, the trend is made worse by the post-war baby boom, which created a giant demographic bulge of people now 50+. In most respects, this should be seen as a triumph of human advancement.


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.