April 10 - April 16
Inspiring Opportunities is an e-mail from Coming of Age
for people 50+ who are making a difference in the world, in their communities and in their lives.
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As parents age, the need for brothers and sisters to deal with each other, as well as the needy parent, can be very difficult. Sibling rivalry can emerge or intensify as adult children vie, one last time, for a parent's love or financial support. And even as parents grow dependent on children, the desire to cling to old, familiar roles can create a dysfunctional mess. This Wall Street Journal article
provides some insights on how to make a bad situation better.
They write to eat, but keep the beat! The Rock Bottom Remainders
, a band of bestselling and award-winning authors, are playing a special benefit concert on Thursday, April 22 at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. The musical line-up includes Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr., Greg Iles, James McBride, and Kathi Goldmark—plus some surprise guests! 100% of proceeds from tickets sales will go to the Free Library!
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A growing number of 50 plusers report feeling comfortable online and use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to reach out and stay connected. This article points out that there is a movement afoot, Project GOAL,
the Project to Get Older Adults Online, to make sure that all older adults, especially those 65+, have access to high-speed Internet. For those already connected, please visit Coming of Age's Facebook page
, become a fan, and let us know what's on your mind.
A recent study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
is not such good news if your idea of exercise is a five-minute walk to Dairy Queen. In short, if you want to keep middle-age spread at bay and keep eating a normal diet, you're going to have to exercise a lot harder. By studying 34,000 women over a 13-year period, researchers concluded
that moderate exercise for at least an hour a day was needed to keep the pounds off as this group got older.
You don't have a Facebook page...and you've never read a blog! Don't worry--you are not alone (see the "Cutting Edge" story above). This free workshop, offered by The Transition Network
on April 15
, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St., will provide a primer on social networking and a simple step-by-step approach to learning about popular Internet sites. If you have a laptop, bring it.
, President of Columbia University and one of the nation’s foremost experts on the First Amendment will be speaking at the National Constitution Center on April 21
about his new book, Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century.
It explores the troubled history of a free press in America and looks toward the challenges ahead. Bollinger notes that the idea of freedom of the press has evolved in response to social, political, technological, and legal changes. Bill Marimow
, editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer,
will moderate. Click
here to register.
Coming of Age
founding partner, WHYY
, is hosting Krista Tippett
, the Peabody Award-winning host of the popular radio program, "Speaking of Faith," who will discuss her new book, Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
on April 27
, 7-9 p.m at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Tippett will reflect on the evolution of her own thinking and the new relationship between
science and religion that she believes will shape the 21st century. For more information, click
, AARP Senior Vice President of Livable Communities and the co-author of Caring for Your Parents -The Complete Family Guide
, will be the lunch speaker on May 7
, (Day 3 of the APA Regional Conference), at Dover Downs Hotel, Dover, DE. Ms.Ginzler is a national expert on aging issues and AARP's lead spokesperson on older driver safety, mobility options, and caregiving. To register for a panel discussion and/or lunch, click
here or call AARP Delaware at 1-(866)-277-7441.
If you manage a small nonprofit, such as a senior center, you may be wondering how health reform will affect you as an employer. The new law provides a tax credit beginning this year through 2013 for businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 employees and average wages below $50,000. Beginning in 2014, credits will be available to employers purchasing employee coverage through health insurance exchanges. To get more details, click
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
If you care about people, have an interest in volunteering, and enjoy being a manager...read on! People age 50+ are needed to be part-time, stipended Encore Volunteer Managers
in selected Southeastern Pennsylvania area nonprofits. This innovative program is being offered by The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, along with its Coming of Age
partners, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, WHYY and AARP PA; and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). To learn more and apply
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, a nonprofit created to enhance the literacy of Philadelphia's children from kindergarten through third grade, provides year-round volunteer opportunities. Whether coaching a child in reading or coordinating a book drive, volunteers need to be dedicated and consistent. To learn more about the Coaching Program, Children's Book Bank, Reading Olympics, and Books on Tape, click here
. For more information, call (215) 851-1754.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
, America's first museum and school of fine arts, is seeking an Adjunct Instructor
to teach one survey course in its Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program beginning Fall 2010. The course will examine scientific ideas from the fields of astronomy, physics, earth sciences, biology, or other relevant field of scientific inquiry, to acquaint students with the role sciences have played in human civilization.
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The Corporation for National and Community Service
was established as a federal agency in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service. A Philadelphia-based State Program Specialist
is being sought who will manage a portfolio of AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps projects and be an active participant in furthering the mission and goals of the Corporation. Click
to learn more.
Coming of Age Radio Portraits
, produced by WHYY, feature age 50+ Philadelphia-area people who have made exciting life transitions. Click here
to see and hear their wonderful stories and to submit your story!