Guess what? We 50 plussers make better decisions. It’s all right here. We’re also volunteering more—or so it says here. But maybe not; another report says we’re volunteering less. You decide. One thing we defintely are doing is helping our elders more, a phenomenon that is good for all concerned. And for those of you who don’t like growing older (We don't understand that; we think it’s a great thing to do!) you might try revving up your “cellular garbage disposal” (Bet you didn't know you had one!) to delay the aging process. BTW, we’re not kidding.
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.
AARP recently named long-time Coming of Age champion Bill Johnston-Walsh as AARP Pennsylvania state director. Bill will lead advocacy, community outreach and education efforts throughout the state. He’s been with AARP for seven years; before that he was Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. He’s also currently chair of the Mayor's Commission on Aging in Philadelphia. You know the old PA license plate slogan, “You’ve got a friend in Pennsylvania?” For older adults, Bill could well be our BFF.
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.
We all know it's a tough job market-- especially for older workers. Here are three reources that offer help: First, a recent article from USA Today on "Rethinking Retirement: Tips for Older Job Serarchers". Next, a new resource from the National Council on Aging, Job Source. Lastly, check out Work Search from AARP, which that august group bills as "The Job Seeker's Online Guide to Success." And success is what we hope you have by using these tools. Write if you get work! More on work below...
None other than our own Mayor Michael Nuitter was invited to pen this paean to our fair city, delightfully entited "City of Elderly Love" by AARP for their International Journal. Read it and feel proud (but don't forget we're also the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection). And in response to this piece there are some wonderful posts on this blog from GenPhilly-- young professionals in our town committed to creating a community in which we all thrive as we age.
Many of us struggle with the disconnect between the age we feel inside and the age we see and feel in our bodies (or see in the mirror). A new study in the journal Molecular Cell describes an exciting development in measuring biological aging, with implications in forensics, health treatments, and possibly ways to slow down the aging process. What's not to like? A high level look at the study's findings and some of its intriguing implications are here.
Fifty plus women are the fastest growing Facebook demographic. There's a terrible digital divide separating young and old. More older men are tweeting. "I'm a tech dummy." How many of those maybe true/maybe false statements have you heard? This recent article. "Online Habits Coming Slowly to Older Adults" from the "New Old Age" column of The New York Times sets the record straight... at least for this moment in time.