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!).
Boomers have always disliked being labeled, no? (Even some eschew the Boomer appellation itself!) So.. what are their plans for the rest of their lives? The answers are as varied as they. According to a recent survey by Merrill Lynch, Boomers plan to retire at 65, never retire, work part time, volunteer full- or part-time, go back to school full- or part-time… and so on. And where will they live? Right where they are… or close to children… or they're going to move to an area with a lower cost of living… or a retirement community. What will they do? Many will spend time caring for aging parents (see article below) but will still manage to exercise, take part in extreme sports, listen to music, explore social media and date.
No mention anywhere, however, of a rocking chair.
See and hear inspiring stories about local folks who are living transformative lives after 50, learning new things, having real impact on the community, and more. Check out the Coming of Age Stories, produced by Coming of Age partner WHYY. here. There are 70 of them!
Want to join our next Encore Men’s Group? “What IS an Encore Men’s Group,” you ask. If you’re male, between middle age and true old age, then you’re in your "encore stage.” Working? Retired? Doesn’t matter. Our first group, which is now oversubscribed, has been meeting this spring and summer. We’re looking for 4 more men so we will have a dozen for our second group. What will you do? Get together to talk about whatever feels right--sports, kids, grandkids, work, dreams, doubts-- all based on the notion that you’re in a new stage of life that really didn’t exist before. Click here and fill out this short form. We’ll get back to you as soon we have 12 (hopefully not angry) men.
Want to know when the next Coming of AgeExplore Your Future four session workshop series will be held in Philadelphia? Email us at info@ComingofAge.org, put “Explore Your Future” in the subject line and we’ll be in touch as soon as the next series is scheduled. This program will give you a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in your life-- a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping you create a vision for making your future satisfying and rewarding.
Collect Social Cecurity, that is. It' a good idea to go against conventional wisdom and start collecting early under certain circumstances, advises the U. S. News and World Report. On the other hand, maybe you did start collecting early and now regret it. Kiplinger offer “4 Ways Early Claimers Can Boost Social Security Benefits,” including withdrawing then repaying. We find it amazing that a challenging (to say the least) economy, the growing number of traditional retirement age people, and people who are getting to that traditional age and not retiring are making for a whole new set of rules and “ways to play the game.”
Om, former hippies and others! A recent report estimates that 16MILLION older adult households will move in the next decade. Boomers, especially singles, are creating new options for retirement living more in line with smaller-than-anticipated retirement nest eggs. Some from the Woodstock generation are even trekking to and settling up house at high-end retirement communes. While the stalled housing market has increased the number of us “aging in place,” this trend may soon change as existing home sales are on the rise. On a smaller scale, house sharing à la "The golden Girls," i.e., moving in with one or two unrelated others, is catching on.
No less an authority than Gallup has determined that the current average age for retiring in our country is 61—UP from 57 in the early 1990s. On the other hand, see below for how older adults are being encouraged to work till their 70s (if they can find jobs!). And if you hold to the strategy of trying to keep you money "safe" in Certificates of Deposit, surprise, surprise, many CDs pay only .25% these days. Low interest rates are not the only factor that’s making retirement, a period heretofore identified with rest and relaxation, stressful.
We took to the airwaves recently, invited by WWDB Boomer Generation Radio talk show host Richard Address-- that's him on the left-- to let his listeners know what Coming of Age is up to in Philly. It’s all been memorialized via a podcast that you can check out here. Also, the current issue of Kiplinger's Retirement Report includes an article featuring Coming of Age. Alas, there’s no online version, but if you have a subscription, we’re on the page one in “Try Something New with an Encore Career.”