March 10 - March 23
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Yes... another take on what boomers can do to stay financially solvent! As this author asserts, boomers who are closing in on retirement without enough money saved need to keep working. Delaying retirement leaves a worker with fewer years of retirement to finance, more time to save and earn returns, and higher Social Security benefits if they delay taking them. Read more about practical ways to build your nest egg and check out a recent CNBC roundtable discussion on a video within this article called "New Retirement."
Pet owners know this...and there is a growing body of research to back it up. Pets make people happy and keep them healthier. An increasing number of dogs, cats, and other animals are living in hospital settings, nursing homes, schools, and mental institutions. A study in 1980 found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn't; a later study showed that petting one's own dog could reduce blood pressure. And animals benefit, as well. Shelter dogs who are regularly walked are better behaved and more adoptable. The book, "Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound," has encouraged this activity.
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. Other 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...
The writer of this article is a disciplined athlete whose love of sports has kept her 57-year-old body in shape as she raised her seven children, held a full-time job, and coped with her husband's cancer. Being fit and feeling healthy rate on top of her list, but she finds her athletic regimen is just as important in keeping her mentally in tune -- exercising relieves stress, helps her sort out work issues and deal with general day-to-day problems. She offers tips to those 50 and older who want to try exercise but are not sure where to begin.
Just a week before the Obama Administration's health care reform law – the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – begins its journey through the Supreme Court in the case of Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, the National Constitution Center puts the law to the test during its annual Peter Jennings Project moot court program. The nationally-recognized lawyers presenting are Neal Katyal and Charles Rothfeld, with former appellate court judge Timothy K. Lewis presiding, alongside a stellar panel of judges and legal thinkers. Be there: Tuesday, March 20th, 6 p.m. Byrne Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St., Philadelphia. FREE; reservations needed. Call (215 409-6700.
Here is a great chance to try your skills at improvisation with Second Circle Improv Players! The group is offering a nine-week class starting on March 28th to learn theater games that help build life skills: problem-solving, communication, creativity, spontaneity, and self-confidence. And they promise that you will laugh alot! Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Community Education Center in University City. After the end of the training, auditions will be open to participants for the Second Circle Improv Players troupe.
Calling all artists age 55 and older! Consider submitting one original work of art for exhibit at the 2012 “Celebrate Arts and Aging” festivities during Older Americans Month in May. Selected artwork will be showcased at four sites: Center on the Hill in Chestnut Hill, Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia, Independence Visitors Center in Old City, and Philadelphia Senior Center in Center City. Presented by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, this exhibit highlights older adults’ artistic talents and creativity with events, classes and workshops held throughout the city. To submit artwork, a photo or slide must be sent to PCA by Wednesday, March 28. Click here to learn more.
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The Kennett Symphony of Chester County, PA is looking for a part-time Box Office Manager (6 concert position). This symphony presents a wide range of symphonic music at an affordable price, educates young and underserved audiences, and provides opportunities for young artists and capable musicians to perform. Among the manager's responsibilities are assisting patrons with single ticket and subscription orders, responding to patron inquiries, and providing marketing support as needed. Computer skills essential. To learn more and apply,
The American Red Cross in Philadelphia has a position open for a Volunteer Services Specialist. Responsibilities include recruiting, interviewing, placing, training and conducting follow-up with volunteers to support Chapter operations. This person will conduct needs assessments with Chapter leadership and staff to determine volunteer opportunities and develop plans for implementation; maintain the volunteer database system; develop volunteer job descriptions; and assign volunteers to projects. Click here for more information.
Please Touch Museum needs a part-time Experience Host with strong customer service skills who can implement educational programming for Museum visitors that links to the month's theme, act as a role model for adult visitors to encourage open-ended, child-directed play with children, and attend daily meetings to learn about birthday and group arrivals, theater show times, activity times and locations, and special events planned for the day, among other duties. Help is most needed on week-ends To learn more about this position, continue...
The Career Wardrobe is a nonprofit organization that empowers women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence needed to be self-sufficient and to pursue a profession. The organization provides professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities. From working at The Wardrobe Boutique to assisting with skill-building workshops, there are many Volunteer Opportunities available. To learn more, click here or contact Caitlin Day at (215) 568-6693, ext. 15.
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!