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Design a Whole New Volunteer Program, Please!

EVM Joanne Kratz, a former compliance trainer at Merck & Company, was asked by the nonprofit where she was placed, the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania  (HPC) to create a volunteer program. Joanne pursued this task with extraordinary zest, interviewing representatives of successful volunteers programs both locally and around the country.  Knowing it was critical to get buy-in from HPC’s exectutives, she interviewed many of them as well. 

Would You Like to Become a Clarifi Coach? (See Above Story )

We know Jean hopes the answer is “Yes!” Depending on your financial literacy background, you will receive tailored support and financial coaching training based on a nationally recognized curriculum. The most important skill, however, is listening and being available. Seen here is a "beta" Clarifi Coach. For more information, bontact Caroline Ezzo, the Clarifi Coaches project coordinator at or (267) 765-2791.

Coming of Age Encore Volunteer Managers to End Year on High Note!

As our 2013 Encore Volunteer Managers (EVM) program winds down, we thought you’d be interested in some of the major achievements this year’s class of EVMs-- older adults with rich professional backgrounds who Coming of Age recruited, trained and placed in at large Philadelphia nonprofits-- accomplished.
The notion behind this program, made possible through a grant from The Philadelphia Foundation, is that people 50+ have a vast reservoir of experience, insight, and talent that can be harnessed to promote social good. That theory was validated by Jean Brubaker, who had had professional experience as an arts administrator with The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and who decided she wanted a stretch and became the EVM with Clarifi, a nonprofit credit counseling and financial education.

Without the Dollar, Who Sleeps at Night?

Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.--Cato
True, money can't buy happiness, BUT the green stuff sure does seem to help in the peace-of-mind department. Consider bolstering your income while being your own boss through one of more of these 14 Ways Retirees are making Money. Our favorites include dog walking (a fun way to get your daily exercise) and handyman (what we wouldn’t give to have a knowledgeable, honest and reasonable Mr. or Ms. Fixit on speed dial!). Also, there are plenty of part-time positions out there, including these 10 best jobs. Of course, the bottom line to all of this is that the key to happiness lies within each of us. But you knew that, didn’t you?

Man-- and Woman's-- Best Friend, Especially Boomers

Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life--they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.-- Nick Trout
Unconditional love. Now how can that not make you happy?  And if that’s not enough, how about lower blood pressure? Or higher levels of serotonin?  Visit here to discover more benefits and gather information to help you decide what type of pet is best for you. A great site for pet lovers on a fixed income is Philly Pets and Seniors, where you can find links for free or reduced-price pet food, vet care, etc. And don’t forget to check Philly Pets and Seniors out on facebook – posts about deals being passed on by members are more up-to-date there than on the site.

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. 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.