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Become a Sip and Swipe Café Coach!

     What’s a Sip and Swipe Café?  A place where older adults are taught computer skills (e.g., swiping) in a warm (coffee-drinking) venue.
     As a Sip and Swipe Café Coach, you'll help an older adult learn to use an iPad as they follow the simple, on screen tutorial provided by Coming of Age partner Generations on Line (GoL). The program offers step-by-step instructions to people over age 60 who have never used a computer or tablet before. 
     Philadelphia’s first group of coaches will get going this winter with older adults at the Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad St.: Philadelphia, Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave. (off Red Lion Road in NE Philadelphia); and Journey's Way Senior Center, 403 Rector St. at Pechin St. in Roxborough.
     Click Continue Reading to learn more.  Email to let us know if you are interested or have questions.

Is It Time to Have “That Talk” with Your Family? The One about Money

While many of us bemoan the economy and its effect on our retirement savings, little public discussion seems to be taking place regarding an equally difficult financial phenomenon unique to our generation: providing financial help to family members. Many people age 50+ find themselves sandwiched into providing some sort of financial support to both their parents and adult children just starting out and not quite able to meet car, mortgage and/or college loan payments. 

Job Seekers Over 50—Help Is On the Way!

Finding a job after age 50 can be a disheartening and difficult proposition. Not only has the process changed completely since the last job search for many of us, we’re also finding that potential employers often greet us with anything but open arms. The message can be “You’re not what we want - you’re too….mature.” Fortunately those sentiments aren’t shared by all employers. Coming of Age has found several websites with good, solid suggestions for older job seekers and connections to organizations that welcome people age 50+. Click “Continue Reading” to see the list.


Try the Trail, Train, or other Travel Options (Including One Just for Singles)

Topics: Leisure, Travel

Attention People 50! Want to up the excitement factor in your next vacation? Check out the following sites to wake up your inner explorer. Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, offers a rich array of opportunities at reasonable rates from A Very Richmond Christmas, 4 days, 3 nights for $545 to Road Scholar World Academy 2014: Eastern Odyssey, 81 days, 80 nights for $19,996. All prices are per person, double occupancy and include accommodations, most meals, lectures, field trips, and air fare, if applicable, for flights during the trip. 

Coming of Age on the Move

A busy autumn. A busier winter. Come September, Coming of Age was off and running. And the pace shows no signs of slowing down. The above three stories cover some highlights of this year's Encore Volunteer Managers program.
Also this fall we had a a very successful presentation of our workshop series, Explore Your Future. New Coming of Age replications in Tampa Bay and Anne Arundel County, MD came into the fold. We also added a second Encore Men’s Group. And started work with Area Agencies on Aging in Bucks and Warren/Forest Counties (seen here), helping them get more done by helping them build community alliances (It's always worked for us!).

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.