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Learn Being engaged in the second chapter of life usually means learning new things. Whether by embracing a new hobby or returning to more formal education, keeping the mind and body active helps maintain health and well being—and a chance to meet new people and have some fun, as well.
"Is Philadelphia a Good Place to Grow Older?"
Reserve your seat today for the upcoming panel discussion, "Is Philadelphia a Good Place to Grow Older?" that will be introduced by Lydia Hernandez Velez, Philadelphia's Deputy Managing Director for Aging, and includes panelists who are experts on what makes a city age-friendly...and are working on ways to make that happen! A question and answer period will follow. Please click on this link to learn more about this event to be held at Temple Center City's campus, 1515 Market Street on February 19th, 6 p.m., $15. Spaces are limited.
Time to Explore Your Future!
Whether you are retired, want to explore unmet dreams, go back to school, or give back to your community, Coming of Age's "Explore Your Future" workshop includes a range of proven techniques and activities for self-discovery for people age 50+. The next workshop will be in four sessions, February 21, 28, and March 7 and 14, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street. Cost: $125 ($100 for WHYY and The Transition Network members). Call (215) 204-9066 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. To share this information with others, click here.
What to Study if You Need a Job
If you are not among those mentioned above, this Smart Money article has some good suggestions to consider. Educational institutions are playing a large role in helping older workers get back in the game. The recently launched American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative offers those 50+ an array of classes at community colleges across the country, including workforce retraining courses. Click here to read about which study areas might be most effective. Other ideas: contact your alma mater's career services office and go online and visit empowered.com and lynda.com--online course sites.
Books for Embracing the Encore Years
As you enter your "encore" years, you might be considering a career change -- maybe leaving your present job and doing something completely different, even starting a business. You feel ready for change, but are unsure of what to do. Here are some helpful books to guide you. Some are practical, offering step-by-step basics, while others serve as motivation to just get out there and do it. Click here to see what interests you. And, speaking of next steps... check out this book review by Carolyn Walter, Professor Emeritus, Widener University, of Susan Abel Lieberman's "Getting Old is A Full Time Job: Moving on From a Life of Working Hard," that provides 12 steps for dealing with "what's next."
Seeing the World Through A Barter System
There is a way to travel, stay in interesting places, and not spend your money on housing. This Wall Street Journal article is written by a couple who spend five months a year in foreign countries by exchanging their two-bedroom condo in San Diego with people living in places throughout the world. Their extensive traveling began at age 65 when, on the recommendation of friends, they went online and found homeexchange.com and homelink.org. They particularly enjoy living among the locals...and have good tips to offer others who are interested.
Philbrick Hall at Free Library Open
After nine months of restoration work, Philbrick Hall at the Central Branch of the Free Library has reopened with new seating, energy-efficient lighting, refurbished floors and ceilings, and the restoration of the historic grandeur of this Beaux Arts room. Additional modern additions include many new computers and videowalls that display information about upcoming programs and other library news. This project was made possible through a grant from the Annenberg Foundation. And it is just the beginning of exciting changes to come...
Find Your "Nook" at the Library
The Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine St.) is offering technology to keep its users age 50+ on the cutting edge and reading in style. The library started an e-reader lending pilot program that provides NOOK e-readers, pre-loaded with New York Times best sellers, as well as training on the Kindle and iPad. E-readers are available in the library's Central Senior Services area. Readers can also use their Kindles to access Coming of Age's e-book, The Age for Change, written especially for those in their "encore" years. To learn more about this program, call (215) 686-5331.
What's Your "Take" on 70?
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author, is asking a favor. If you are over 70, he would like you to write a brief report on your life so far--an evaluation of what you did well (and not so well) and what you learned along the way. His reasons are: he believes we have too few formal moments of self-appraisal in our culture, and more importantly, that these essays will help the blessings of young people understand how careers and families evolve and modern adulthood. So, collect your thoughts and get your reports to email@example.com. Watch for some columns around Thanksgiving.
Speaking of the encore years, here is a review of Marc Freedman's latest book, The Big Shift, that is both a call to action and a blueprint for creating a new stage after midlife, which Freedman calls the “encore stage.” He is the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work, and social purpose. Since people are living longer and healthier lives, this encore stage could span half a lifetime. The author believes that this underutilized resource can be a real force in meeting society’s challenges. To learn more about this book,