March 7 to March 13
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.
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
This Week's Medicare Tip
Some grandmas, like White House resident Marian Robinson
, are happy to help care for their grandchildren... and even agree to move in. But, others, who feel that they gave their all in raising their children are not looking to repeat the parenting process with the next generation. While it takes a village to raise a child, the modern village may be more heavily populated with "nannies than nanas." To hear both sides, click
New research reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine
promotes the positive effects for those 50+ of taking 1,200 mg of calcium or three cups per day of fat-free or low-fat dairy to lower the risk of cancers of the digestive system. The research, conducted by Coming of Age
founding partner, AARP, and the National Institutes of Health, studied nearly 500,000 people between the ages of 50 and 71 over a seven-year period.
Although Philadelphia is widely recognized as a city with an abundance of historic buildings and neighborhoods, the city has never had a historic preservation plan or a survey of resources. Data about Philadelphia is woefully inadequate for setting preservation priorities and integrating preservation into planning and developing neighborhoods. To fill this gap, the Preservation Alliance
, the Philadelphia Historical Commission
and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission
, have developed this survey
. Take a minute to share your thoughts!
If you enjoy active, stimulating classes with great teachers, topics, and students, the LifeLong Learning series of classes at Temple University Fort Washington (401 Commerce Drive) is for you! Classes begin on March 11th and are designed for learners 50 and up, but adult learners of all ages are welcome. Click here to view the current course offerings, register, and pay online.
Or you can call (267) 468-8500; fax (267) 468-8506; or e-mail for more information and to receive a brochure by mail.
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
The National Constitution Center
is the first museum in the world dedicated to honoring and explaining the U.S. Constitution. A part-time position is available as a host/hostess
to play a significant role in providing a memorable experience for visitors to the Center through extraordinary customer service. Each staff member will receive ongoing training.
Gift of Life
, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit, organ and tissue procurement organizations in the United States, is offering a full-time job opportunity to organize, promote, and manage programs and events to let people know about the need for organ and tissue donation in diverse communities. The Multicultural Outreach Coordinator
will develop relationships with community, civic and cultural groups, as well as media outlets. Driver's license; night and week-end hours required. Send resume and salary history to: Human Resources, 401 N. 3rd St, Philadelphia, 19123; fax: 215-963-0702.
The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity
, a congregation of
Catholic sisters serving in
economically depressed areas, has a full-time position for a Coordinator,
Health Care Services
at its Northeast Philadelphia Motherhouse wellness health care center for ill and
aging sisters. The Coordinator will lead a team of health care professionals at this 24/7 facility, and ideally be a registered nurse, with home health care and fiscal management experience. Send resume to email@example.com
or call Judy at (215) 335-7576.
If you enjoy history and want to share your enthusiasm, the Hagley Museum
in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking volunteers
to demonstrate and interpret 19th century life at home and at work. You will describe the exhibits and interact with groups of all ages in the Machine Shop and on Worker's Hill. Training will be held on March 18 or 21. To learn more about this position, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 257 or e-mail
Sunday, March 8
11:00 am at Graeme Park,
859 County Line Road,
Plan to attend Charter Day at Graeme Park
, and hear about Sir William Keith, the 14th governor of Pennsylvania, who introduced the idea of paper money and credit. Learn about Keith's contributions to the 18th century monetary system and how we got where we are today from Dr. Bruce Rader, a finance professor at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Tour the National Historic Landmark Keith House
, as well. FREE. For information, call (215) 343-0965.
Monday, March 9
1:00 pm at Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad Street (Broad & Lombard), Philadelphia
"One Book, One Philadelphia," a Free Library of Philadelphia program, will sponsor There’s No Place Like Home
, a panel discussion about senior homelessness and Steve Lopez’s book, The Soloist.
Featured panelists will be James Plumb, Director, Center for Urban Health, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital; Ed Speedling, Project H.O.M.E.; and Robert Sterling, Professor of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University. The panel and book discussion will be followed by a reception and live music by cellist Andrea Weber.
FREE. For more information, call (215)546-5879.
5:30 pm at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia
Join Inga Saffron
, The Philadelphia Inquirer
architecture critic, and Andrew Altman
, Philadelphia's Director of Commerce and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, who will discuss the impact of urban planning in our community and how it is shaping the future of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Reception to follow this free program. For more information, call (215) 965-4000.
Wednesday, March 11
5:30 pm at Moore College of Art, 20th and the Parkway, Philadelphia
“They didn’t ask to be remembered,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
wrote about the pious women of colonial New England. And then she added a phrase that has since gained widespread recognition: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Plan to join WOMEN'S WAY
, the country's oldest and largest women's funding federation as it honors Ulrich with the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. A book signing and reception will follow author's remarks. FREE. To RSVP, contact Molly at (215 985-3322.
7:00 pm at Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, 12 Morris Avenue, Ambler
Bees play a critical role in the pollination of fruits and vegetables, but recently the hives have been disappearing at an alarming rate. This phenomenon, known as Colony Collapse Disorder
(CCD), occurs when worker bees from a beehive abruptly disappear. Jim Bobb, President of the Pennsylvania Beekeeper's Association, will explain this plague and discuss the captivating art of beekeeping. FREE.
Thursday, March 12
10:00 am at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, 2nd floor east, Philadelphia
Portraits in Emotion
is a multi-media exhibition of paintings and audio recordings that brings together eleven Philadelphia artists who openly reflect upon personal relationships to mental health and art-making. The show takes place at the Asian Arts Initiative
, a unique community arts centers where artists and everyday people can think critically and creatively about the experiences of Asian Americans. FREE.
7:30 pm at Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
The most widely translated book in literature after the Bible, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching
(Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living. Renowned scholar Stephen Mitchell
makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless in The Second Book of the Tao
. Not quite Taoism nor Buddhism, it
is a twenty-first century rendition of ancient wisdom. FREE. For information, call (215) 567-4341.
This Week's Medicare Tip
The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that quitting smoking leads to significant risk reduction for certain diseases and other health benefits, even in older adults who have smoked for years. People with Medicare who are diagnosed with a smoking-related disease, including heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), multiple cancers, lung disease, weak bones, blood clots, and cataracts) can get coverage for smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling. Continue Reading
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is looking for experienced, energetic individuals who want to make a
full-time, year-long commitment to fight poverty. If you’re retiring
soon, already there or want to take a year off for a year of service,
VISTA may be for you. Living allowances and other benefits are
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