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Encore Men's Groups Going Strong

        Philadelphia Encore Men (those between middle and true old age) don’t seem to have gotten the memo about not sharing feelings and concerns. We now have two groups who meet monthly to discuss thoughts and feelings about work, relationships, planning for the future, etc.

        As the groups have bonded, they’ve begun to explore other profound topics:  spirituality, facing mortality, and that ultimate challenge—dealing with adult children! The groups have even made contact with counterparts in Florida and California (Maybe that memo’s MIA?!).


Winter “Explore Your Future” Sessions to Be in Bucks County

        “Why is everything you do in Center City?” we often hear. Well, we do present programming throughout the region, but most activities are in Philadelphia. So, this winter we’re taking our “Explore Your Future” program on the road. To Bristol!

        The workshop series will be offered from 10 AM to 3 PM on March 3 & 10 at the Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center, Wood & Mulberry Sts. For more info, call (215) 788-9238.  It also will be offered 10 AM to 3 PM on March 4 & 11 at the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Rd. For more info email or call (215) 785-6322.


National Director to Speak at Positive Aging Conference

        Coming of Age National Director Dick Goldberg will deliver a keynote address, “Old is Good-- A Paean to Aging,” at this month’s Seventh Annual International Conference on Positive Aging in Sarasota, Florida. As part of the run-up to the conference, The Sarasota Herald Tribune asked him to write a guest column

        “Our potential for connection and contribution, for enriching our world with our energy, expertise and experience is one more reason that the ‘new old’ is good-- for people 50+ and everyone else,” Goldberg wrote in the piece.

        For more information on the conference, go here.

Boomer News: Don’t Call Me That. Note to Self: I’m in Charge

Topics: Boomers

        What'd You Call Me? Better Not Be “Boomer!” A recent New York Times story said that people in their 50s actually don't really like being called "boomers" -- a designation they'd like to see for those old enough to have protested the Vietnam War.
        One Boomer (Oops! she wouldn’t like that) commented "Labels are lousy! (Grownup is the worst of 'em.)"
        And by the way, we dominate the political world. We’re 32% of the U.S. adult population and, 36% of the electorate in 2012, eclipsing all other generational groups.
        Taken as a whole, our political leanings are slightly less Democratic than the adult population's, perched between the strong Democratic orientation of the youthful millennials and the more Republican orientation of the older Greatest Generation.

More on Positive Aging: Forget Your Troubles, Come on, Get Happy!

        Yet one more benefit for a sunny outlook—it’s likely to help with mobility.  Sour pusses beware: you’re also likely to die before your more ebullient peers.
        A new study doesn’t prove that happiness preserves mobility. "The research suggests that enjoyment of life contributes to healthier and more active old age," said study author Andrew Steptoe, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London.
        "We have previously shown that positive well-being and enjoyment of life are predictors of longer life," Steptoe said. "Older people who report greater enjoyment are less likely to die over the next five to eight years than those with lower enjoyment of life."
       Rock on! (But not in a chair.)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside; Got a Cold? Turn DOWN the Thermostat!

Topics: Aging, Boomers, Health

        It’s cold outside. So what? Members of the Over the Hill skiing group (shown here), made up of people age 50+, and their counterparts, now dominate the slopes. With their new hips and costly kit, Baby Boomers have propped up America’s ski resorts for longer than anyone expected.
        What's that? You have a cold? Maybe it’s the flu. Just how long your flu shot lasts depends on how powerfully your own immune system reacts to it, according to Dr. John J. Treanor, a vaccine expert at the University of Rochester medical school.

Working for Free Actually Can Help You Get a Job

     VolunteerMatch is kicking off the New Year with a special webinar and inviting volunteers to take part! 
     It turns out that working for free actually can help you get a job.
     Recent research shows a definite link between volunteering and employment.
     Join VolunteerMatch's President, Greg Baldwin and others for a special, free joint webinar with LinkedIn, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Deloitte as they discuss recent studies supporting the connection between volunteering and employment.
     Register here for the free Wednesday, January 15 event.

Note to Self for Today: Eat an Apple. Or a Cumquat. Or a Prune. And... use Soap.

     Well, we’ve known it all along, but now it’s official: an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.
     According to Dr. Adam Briggs at Oxford University, if everyone in the UK over the age of 50 ate an apple every day, 8,500 deaths from heart attack and stroke would be avoided. The US population is almost five times the UK's (Do the math).
     Remember when Ella Fitzgerald sang--or your father told you she sang, "Eat an apple every day then see the doctor anyway."  Earth to Ella: there's been an update:
     Any fruit, actually, gives a boost to cardiovascular health similar to that provided by statins, but with none of the side effects.
     How do you like them apples now?!
     And... antibacterial soaps may be… bad! The FDA announced that it wants the makers of antibacterial soaps to prove not just that the products are more effective than ordinary soap but also that they are safe.

Attention Must be Paid... to Purpose!

     Mitch Anthony believes that the key to “successful” aging lies in maintaining an engaged life and employing what he calls the 5Cs: Connectivity, Challenge, Curiosity, Creativity and Charity.
     The articles that we read all agreed on one point – involvement in some type of philanthropic activity is an integral part of successful aging.  
     Need a little inspiration to help determine where your passion lies? The 7 winners (all age 60 plus) of the 2013 Purpose Prize, awarded by Coming of Age partner, should fill the bill. (We made the trek to the awards ceremony in Sausalito last month to fête the recipients.)
     Pictured here, Purpose Prize Winner Ysabel Duron, 66,  a dynamo who tapped into her own experience as a cancer survivor to shine a spotlight on cancer for Latino communities across the country.

A Different Take on Resolutions: Develop New Habits

New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
  ---- Mark Twain
     Resolutions anyone? Have you made and already broken the standard weight-loss/quit-smoking/cut-back-on-the-booze ones?
     In the last two weeks or so, we came across some terrific articles online that offer suggestions appropriate to our age and mindsets. While a few of these articles refer to resolutions, others suggest we think more in terms of developing new habits rather than keeping resolutions.  
     Joe Hearn, writer and Vice President of Teckmeyer Financial, suggests in 8 Habits of Highly Effective Retirees, that we should practice these new behaviors daily, just as a writer or musician practices daily.