May 8 - May 14
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.
Quote for the Day:
"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
- Edwin Way Teale
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Those who scoff at your daily nap habit, should read this article
about a recent Harvard Medical School study that shows how napping, particularly dreaming, improves your memory and capacity to learn. As little as 90 minutes of sleep (reaching the REM cycle) sets off a process that allows the brain to consolidate and solidify memories. The study also reports that a regular amount of sleep -- seven to eight hours a night -- is ideal for all phases of health. So...enjoy your nap and dream on!
When you look around your workplace, do your co-workers feel like they could be your kids? With employment at a premium, we all want to make sure that we continue to be seen as valuable and "with it" at our jobs. This article
provides interesting tips about how to remain "age proof" by using social networking tools (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter); focusing on the future, not the past; and understanding the new communication modes like texting, webinars, Skype, and others.
Attendees at the second annual Florida Boomer Lifestyle Conference
covered a wide swath of life situations. Some celebrated their age, buying books called, Fabulous After 50
and Sensational After 60
. Others wanted a confirmation of their not-so-positive reality, listening to a presentation on how the generation of promise became the generation of panic. In all cases, the buzzword was "reinvention." New York Times
author Michael Winerip provides his "take" on what this event says about the boomer lifestyle.
has joined with the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging
to celebrate Older Americans Month with a special promotion. Throughout May, you will find lots of fun things to do -- taking an art class; attending a music concert, dance performance; or visiting a local museum. Many of these activities have special discounts of at least 25% for older adults (ranging from age 55 to 65+ depending on the sponsoring organization). Now is the time to celebrate aging!
To formally kick-off National AmeriCorps Week
, a rally will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Monday, May 10th
at Dilworth Plaza, the west side of Philadelphia's City Hall. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
has set a bold vision of innovation for AmeriCorps
and encouraged national service by citizens of all ages
. After the rally, there will be a service project at Overbrook Arts Center (6139 Lancaster Avenue) to help beautify and clean the grounds, work on a mural, or install a mosaic. Call Alyssa at (215) 665-2506 or e-mail
with any questions.
Take a riveting ride through the career of John F. Timoney, named "America’s Top Cop" by Esquire
magazine. Timoney, an Irish immigrant, writes about his successful career as First Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Police Department, Police Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, and Chief of Police for the City of Miami in his newly published book, Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities
. He will share his thoughts on the current state of law enforcement on May 11
, 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. FREE.
The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business
will sponsor a workshop on Working for a Nonprofit – Investing in Your Future
, on Friday, May 21
, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Peter Doris
, a human relations professional and career transitions specialist, will focus on what it takes to find a job in a nonprofit and how to conduct an effective job search. Location: Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St., Room 301, in Philadelphia. General public: $75. To learn more or to register, click
here or call (215) 951-1701.
The Enterprise Center
is partnering with Deloitte
on Friday, June 11, 2010 to provide pro bono consulting services for nonprofits in need.
Attendees will receive advice and personalized attention from 2-3 member teams in one and one-half hour sessions on issues relating to audits, financial advisory services, business
problem consulting and taxes at The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St., Philadelphia. Interested organizations should fill out the application
and submit it by Friday, May 21st
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
is seeking a Director of Public Relations
who will create innovative public relations campaigns, communicate with a broad array of media, and effectively explain CHOP's mission, research discoveries, and global connections to the public. This position calls for a variety of skills, among them the ability to lead, build, develop and motivate a team of PR professionals.
The Wyck House and Gardens
, an historic gem in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, is looking for a part-time Volunteer Coordinator
to work 6-10 hours a month. Wyck needs an organized individual to help build and nurture its corps of volunteers. Duties would include recruiting and scheduling tour guides for the site, serving as a tour guide at least twice a month, creating a volunteer incentive and communications program, and managing a series of talks, workshops and field trips for all participating volunteers. Availability on Saturdays is desirable. To apply, please e-mail
Help a teen parent build self-esteem, develop parenting and life skills, and stay in school at The Center Foundation
in Media, PA. Form a one-on-one relationship with a young parent while sharing wisdom and support.
The Young Parents Support Network (YPSN) is looking for compassionate volunteer mentors
. Mentors commit to meeting weekly with program "mentees" over the course of a year, serving as a friend, advocate, coach, and listener. To learn more or sign up, call (610) 565-6171.
needs Buddy Volunteers
to provide practical and emotional support to people living with HIV disease. Buddies support their clients with face-to-face interactions and regular phone calls. ActionAIDS provides preliminary training and on-going peer-support throughout this one-to-one experience. Currently there is a special need for male volunteers
. To sign up today, click
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!