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Topic: Retirement

Is It Time to Catch Up with Dreams? One Man’s Life after Explore Your FUTURE

Shortly before he retired last summer, our former National Director Dick Goldberg got around to doing all the Explore Your FUTURE exercises (after presenting the  program over 20 times around the country!). The following, published last month in the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Milestones, was the upshot:
In 2004, when I became director of the national age 50+ civic engagement initiative, Coming of Age, I was asked to develop a program to help people plan engaged retirements. “Why?” I asked. “People have been planning their retirements forever without help.”And then I tried some of the exercises under consideration. One took me on a guided visualization that beckoned my subconscious to draw a picture of what my next chapter might look like.

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

It’s been a banner year for Coming of Age (we do the July to June fiscal thing) in Philadelphia, the region, state and on the national scene. To wit:
Philly-wise.  We presented both of our signature programs— our four-session workshop series “Explore Your Future” for individuals at the Philly AARP office— and two Philadelphia Foundation-sponsored “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of People Age 50+” Learning Labs on Temple’s main campus. Worked with Temple University staff contemplating retirement to help them plan their futures.

Coming of Age Director to Retire

Coming of Age national and Philadelphia director, Dick Goldberg, will retire on July 1. He’s one more example that the Coming of Age Explore Your Future program works! Facilitating that workshop over 20 times helped put him in touch with what he wants for his next steps.
In Dick’s case, that’s music projects, more visits to the West Coast to spend time with children and grandchildren, new learning and volunteer opportunities, and later this year, possibly some special projects for… Coming of Age!
Temple University's Intergenerational Center, where Coming of Age is housed, will announce this summer who will be overseeing the initiative's work going forward.

How to Parlay Reduced Circumstances into a Richer Life

Say what?
Say... you're hit with an unexpected job loss.  That's difficult for anyone, but for those just a few years shy of 65, it can be disastrous. Unemployment during those (often) peak earning years when the kids, if you have ‘em, are grown and more money may be available for investing, can throw you a real curve.
Things may not be as bad as you think and there is help available… if you plan!

Yo! Could We Leave Out Philly? No Way!

In fact, we’re involved with a presentation this week.  As part of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's “Engage Your Body and Brain” program on March 6 at Temple University’s Center City campus, 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, our director, Dick Goldberg is moderating a panel on “The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years beyond Mid Life.”  Why would a dude do that?  He wrote the foreword to the book of the same title; those on the panel are featured in the book.

We’re Doing Even More in Bucks

Last fall, when we asked all Pennsylvania county Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to tell us why they might want to participate in our “Expanding Area Agency on Aging Resources through Community Collaborations" program, the Bucks County AAA responded with one of the best proposals. 
Hence, we’re now involved in a multi-dimensional project, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging through the Long Term Life Training Institute, that includes efforts in Bucks to:

Encore Men's Groups Going Strong

        Philadelphia Encore Men (those between middle and true old age) don’t seem to have gotten the memo about not sharing feelings and concerns. We now have two groups who meet monthly to discuss thoughts and feelings about work, relationships, planning for the future, etc.

        As the groups have bonded, they’ve begun to explore other profound topics:  spirituality, facing mortality, and that ultimate challenge—dealing with adult children! The groups have even made contact with counterparts in Florida and California (Maybe that memo’s MIA?!).


Winter “Explore Your Future” Sessions to Be in Bucks County

        “Why is everything you do in Center City?” we often hear. Well, we do present programming throughout the region, but most activities are in Philadelphia. So, this winter we’re taking our “Explore Your Future” program on the road. To Bristol!

        The workshop series will be offered from 10 AM to 3 PM on March 3 & 10 at the Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center, Wood & Mulberry Sts. For more info, call (215) 788-9238.  It also will be offered 10 AM to 3 PM on March 4 & 11 at the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Rd. For more info email or call (215) 785-6322.


A Different Take on Resolutions: Develop New Habits

New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
  ---- Mark Twain
     Resolutions anyone? Have you made and already broken the standard weight-loss/quit-smoking/cut-back-on-the-booze ones?
     In the last two weeks or so, we came across some terrific articles online that offer suggestions appropriate to our age and mindsets. While a few of these articles refer to resolutions, others suggest we think more in terms of developing new habits rather than keeping resolutions.  
     Joe Hearn, writer and Vice President of Teckmeyer Financial, suggests in 8 Habits of Highly Effective Retirees, that we should practice these new behaviors daily, just as a writer or musician practices daily.

Coming of Age on the Move

A busy autumn. A busier winter. Come September, Coming of Age was off and running. And the pace shows no signs of slowing down. The above three stories cover some highlights of this year's Encore Volunteer Managers program.
Also this fall we had a a very successful presentation of our workshop series, Explore Your Future. New Coming of Age replications in Tampa Bay and Anne Arundel County, MD came into the fold. We also added a second Encore Men’s Group. And started work with Area Agencies on Aging in Bucks and Warren/Forest Counties (seen here), helping them get more done by helping them build community alliances (It's always worked for us!).