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And, in the End, the Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make

Love is not about how much love you have in the beginning, but how much love you build till the end.-- Zahid Abas
 
Two bachelors travelled 12,000 miles across the United States to speak with Marriage Masters, couples married for 40 years or more, to find out the secret to a long and happy marriage. The result was a book, Everlasting, from which this is an excerpt: "My parents were happily married for more than fifty years. When I was in my mid-twenties and had met the man I would eventually marry, I asked my mother how she knew she was still in love with my father. She told me that every night when he walked in the door, she still felt a warm tingle of pleasure that he was home. At the ripe old age of 24 that didn’t sound terribly romantic to me…


If You’ve Got Your Health, You’ve Got (Almost) Everything

Exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way in improving mood. This combo can lower your risk for serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and ease depression, stress, and anxiety. Helpguide.org is a great resource for helping you develop an exercise routine and providing tips to keep it fun and different. This website also has a terrific diet and nutrition area with practical tips and easy suggestions to change and improve your diet gradually, in slow manageable steps rather than your trying to change everything at once and giving up on the whole shebang.


Don’t Worry! Get Happy!

Topics: Aging, Boomers, Health

We’re being picked on again… this time out because we’re not HAPPY enough! Recent studies show that the Baby Boomer generation is not so happy as those who came before us. Well, fasten your seat belts, we’re about to get happier. Tom Sightings, a blogger at Sightings at Sixty, gives us 7 Ways Baby Boomers Can be Happier. And because there’s nothing we like more than being happy, we decided to investigate 4 of those 7 ways a little further to help get our happy feet moving... maybe even dancing! The next four articles explore how Pep, Pets, Partners and Pesos can make you happier (albeit not buy you happiness)


Generocity and Coming of Age Offer New Way to Find Volunteer Opportunities

Generocity, the Philly-based volunteer and philanthropy platform, and Coming of Age have joined forces to create “You +,” a program to help people age 50+ find compelling volunteer opportunities at Center City and other local community-based organizations— opportunities that marry your passion, skill sets and interests with what the organizations need to realize their mission. Check out Generocity here, the "You+" program here, and the volunteer search system here!


What Do Boomers Do All Day? Anything and Everything!

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.


Do Boomers Like to Travel? Does a Pigeon Walk Funny?

Boomers travel to the tune of $157 billion annually! That's a lot of music! According to recent reports, their travel preferences are as unique as they are.  Ecotourism, spiritual adventures, and volunteer vacations are increasingly popular. Some splurge on luxury vacations while others look for ways to save on hotel rooms or experience more authentic urban life by apartment renting. Note to singles: these practical safe solo travel tips will help ensure you a secure and rewarding vacation.


Help with Elder Care

Many Boomers struggle to meet the expense of caring for their elderly parents. The cost of assisted care continues to rise, and the alternative – taking leave from work to care for a parent at home could mean a real financial hit. The final report of The Federal Commission on Long-Term Care has just been released and makes a number of transformational recommendations. There are also programs that may be able to provide you with financial and emotional support. Paying for Senior Care is one, with a website is chock-full information, including Cash and Counseling programs, a Resource Locator Tool to help find financial assistance and options to help pay for or reduce the cost of elder care; and tips for lowering the cost of home care.


Center in Princeton Forming Its Third Group to Read Coming of Age E-Book

In the Princeton, NJ area? Why not join the Princeton Senior Rescource Center there for their faciliated discussion of our e-book,The Age for Change. Have a look at the book here. What do you plan to do with the next stage in your life?  What are some of the changes retirement or contemplating retriement have brought to your life?  Explore questions like these in a weekly discussion group of The Age for Change.  The program starts Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 1 pm and continues for 10 weeks (except Nov. 27), at tyhe Suzanne Patterson Bldg, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. Email Carol King cking@princetonsenior.org for more info.


Fewer Boomer Women in Workforce Following the Great Recession

Fewer Americans are in the workforce than at any time since the early 1980s. And several demographic groups -- including especially women Baby Boomers -- appear to be leading the job-market exodus after the Great Recession. The U.S. labor force participation rate is now at a 35-year low of only 63.2 percent (as of August 2013). And it’s been falling precipitously ever since 2007, at the onset of the Great Recession. Read (or listen) to this NPR "Marketplace" story here.


Some Workshops, a New Group, and a Program Idea

Explore Your Future. We now have the deets on the next Coming of Age Explore Your Future workshop series. The program will take place Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the state AARP office, 1650 Market Street, Philadelphia. If interested, email  info@ComingofAge.org, put “Explore Your Future” in the subject line and we’ll send you registration and more program info.
 
The Learniong Lab. The next Philadelphia Foundation-underwritten “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of People Age 50+” Learning Lab will be January 30-31, 2014 on Temple's main campus. Nonprofit staff will learn what motivates people 50+ today, how to craft an opportunity that marries their passions and skills to an organization's mission, and more! Email info@ComingofAge.org, put “Learning Lab” in the subject line and and we’ll send you registration info.
 
Encore Men's Group. Our first Encore Men's Group is going gangbusters. We've talked about figuring out the future, work, our adult children and more. That group is full up, and we're starting another this fall. There are three spots left. Click here and fill out a short form. We’ll get back to you as soon we have a dozen dudes.
 
Conversations on the Journey. Need a compelling inexpensive program for your organization that encourages people 50+ to share their experiences and learn how others approach transition, uncertainty and new possibilities? Check out "Conversations on the Journey."