January 30 - February 5
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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There has been an overwhelming response to the needs of the people of Haiti. For those eager to target their donations to people 50+, AARP Foundation's Haiti Relief Fund
will assist HelpAGE USA
to ensure that supplies and emergency support are provided to the thousands of older people who face unique challenges in this disaster stemming from the lack of mobility, special medical concerns, and exclusion from resources. Click
here to donate.
Finding a job in this job market is challenging at best. While statistics show discouraged workers throwing in the towel in every age group, boomers stand alone in refusing to give up. Maybe it's because there are college tuitions, mortgages, and declining retirement funds that demand a "can do" attitude. This Good Morning America article and interview
highlights lessons learned and effective strategies for 50+ers looking for employment.
Just before you slide back into thinking it's too cold or too time-consuming to exercise... and you let your annual New Year's resolution lapse until next year...read this article
about why you should act now and join those who swear by their exercise regime. Staying healthier, feeling more energetic, thinking more clearly, sleeping better, possibly delaying the onset of dementia -- are you grabbing your sneakers, yet?
This Op Ed
by Nicholas Kristof
provides a persuasive argument for "doing good." In considering what brings people happiness, he cites scientific evidence that shows that humans are hard-wired to be altruistic: when a research subject was encouraged to think of giving money to a charity, parts of the brain lit up that are normally associated with selfish pleasures like eating or sex. To put it another way, the most selfish thing you can do is to help other people. Let us know
if you agree?
Plan on taking advantage of this great line-up of interesting programs
to inspire people 55+ to pursue purpose and adventure in 2010 at the Central Senior Services
department of the Free Library. The courses for February and March include: "Finding Love after 50", "Open Your Own Business", "Turn Your Life into a Memoir", and "Before Signing Up for that Cruise." For more information, visit the Free Library website
With so many French meals still to be eaten, now may be the perfect time to learn the language and gain a brand new skill. The Watermark at Logan Square
in Philadelphia is offering a free beginner's French course starting on February 2nd
that is open to the public. Learn how to hold a simple conversation, make requests, and order the "coq au vin" at the final class outing to a local restaurant. For more information, call (215) 240-8915.
Professor Barbara Savage
will discuss her latest book, "Your Spirits Walk Beside Us," at the Penn Bookstore
on February 3rd
, 5:30 p.m. This historical examination of the public responsibility
of black churches and the role of religion in racial leadership counters the assumption that African American religion and progressive politics have long been intertwined. Dr. Savage is a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. FREE and open to the public.
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
®, a program of Drexel University College of Medicine, invites you to an interactive, lively and informative conversation that will focus on
"The Connection Between Physical and Emotional Health." This panel discussion will be held at the Honickman Learning Center, 1936 Judson Street, Phila, PA on Monday, February 15th
. Free lunch at 12:30 p.m and program from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. To register, call (215) 991-8190, or e-mail
As a nonprofit professional, what type of talent is most in demand in your organization? According to Opportunity Knocks
, the national online job site that focuses exclusively on the nonprofit community,
development jobs accounted for 18% of all jobs posted on the 2009 nonprofit job board. To see the results of a study of available positions in nonprofits conducted by the Johns Hopkins Institute,
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
Ever thought about running for office? Now is your chance. In Philadelphia there are more than 6,700 openings for local "committee people"
included on the ballot for the May 18th Primary Election. Committee people register voters,"get out the vote," give rides to the polls, elect the ward leaders and work year-round on community issues. To learn what running for this office entails, please download the newly released "How to Run for Committee Person
" manual, written by the Committee of Seventy
The Foundations of The Union League of Philadelphia
(Youth Work, Scholarship, and Abraham Lincoln) engage students, the general public, and League members in educational programming, civic activities, and scholarship opportunities. The Campaign Coordinator/Development Assistant
supports the three Foundations administratively and provides communications and organizational assistance. Flexible schedule; three days per week, with occasional evenings. If interested in applying,
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity at a nonprofit arts organization that combines your business expertise with your interest in the arts? If so, Business Volunteers for the Arts
may be a perfect fit. The next volunteer training session will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010
from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Arts & Business Council
offices located in Center City, Philadelphia.
Contact Eileen Cunniffe
or call (215) 790-3621 to learn more and sign up.
The Philadelphia Senior Center
is recruiting volunteers who are interested in working from home.
Every Thursday, The Best Day of My Life (So Far),
a storytelling and writing workshop is held at the Center. The older adults handwrite their "stories" and volunteers are needed to type these stories to be added to a dedicated class blog. If interested, please e-mail
and check out the class website
and Facebook page
...and consider supporting the participants by becoming a fan on the Facebook!
This Week's Medicare Tip
The Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage Plans is January 1–March 31.
There are a number of options if you want to make some changes in your current coverage. Continue Reading
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!
Coming of Age Blog
Read the latest post on the blog by Coming of Age
Director Dick Goldberg: Kena Hora!