Reserve your seat today for the upcoming panel discussion, "Is Philadelphia a Good Place to Grow Older?" that will be introduced by Lydia Hernandez Velez, Philadelphia's Deputy Managing Director for Aging, and includes panelists who are experts on what makes a city age-friendly...and are working on ways to make that happen! A Question and Answer period will follow. Please click on thislinkto learn more about this event to be held at Temple Center City's campus, 1515 Market Street on February 19th, 6 p.m., $15. Spaces are limited.
Maybe you have retired or are thinking about it. Maybe you are between jobs or just ready for a change in your life. Whether you want to explore unmet dreams, go back to school, or give back to your community, Coming of Age's "Explore Your Future" workshop includes a range of proven techniques and activities for self-discovery for people age 50+. The next workshop will be in four sessions, February 21, 28, and March 7 and 14, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street. Cost: $125 ($100 for WHYY and The Transition Network members). Call (215) 204-9066 or e-mail, email@example.com to register. To share this information with others, click here.
Coming of Age and its Intergenerational Center partner, Project SHINE, are offering opportunities for women age 50+ to develop relationships with Bhutanese, Burmese, and Iraqi refugee women, to learn about their cultures, and share knowledge about the U.S. Become part of a dynamic volunteer team to help these women learn life skills, become more independent, and better integrated into the community. Stipended Volunteer Leaders and other volunteers are needed to provide mentoring and support. All volunteers will receive training beginning in February.To learn more, call (215) 204-9066 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the great perks of growing older is the many discounts that are available to boomers and seniors. If you don’t mind admitting your age, here are some resources to explore. Not all businesses advertise them, but many give senior discounts, so don’t ever be shy to ask. The Internet is one of your best resources; a few Internet sites that can be very helpful are SeniorDiscounts.com that lists more than 250,000 discounts on products and services like airlines, car rentals, restaurants, state and national parks, museums, and more...
Ann Brenoff, a senior writer for the Huffington Post and a Pulitzer Prize winner reflects on what she has learned about working (since her part-time job at 14) and how that knowledge can be helpful in the encore years. Among lessons learned are you that you need to realize that "nothing lasts forever" (that goes for good and bad), you should "go boldly into that dark night" (we miss a lot of opportunities out of fear of change...show some spunk!), and "what you do for a living is just part of who you are" (and you are way more than the sum of your parts). For more of her well-earned wisdom, click here.
It is true...as we age we lose some height. Some of it is caused as the disks between the vertebrae of the spine dry out and become thinner, with the result that the spine becomes compressed. The bone loss known as osteoporosis can also contribute. On the positive side, those who exercise, strengthening their core, may retain or gain height through better posture. And some research, while not definitive, has offered promising evidence that yoga may even help reverse the curving of the spine. And make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D. If exercise isn't your thing, you can always ask the doctor to measure you lying down!
When stereotypes are negative--older adults believing that aging means becoming useless, helpless, or devalued--they are less likely to seek preventive medical care, are more likely to suffer memory loss and poor physical functioning according to a growing body of research. But, positive thoughts about aging, when being older is seen as a time of wisdom, self-realization, and satisfaction produces very different outcomes. The message is: attitude counts and those who have studied this phenomenon believe that part of the answer lies in tackling ageism, which is pervasive in our youth-oriented culture and begins in childhood. To learn more about this fascinating finding, click here.
Those who listen to storycorps on National Public Radio (NPR) know how poignant the stories can be. This piece (with audio of the interview) is about John Cruitt, 62, who spent decades tracking down his third-grade teacher. He wanted to tell Cecile Doyle how deeply she touched him when his mother died of multiple sclerosis in 1958. Their conversation shows how certain memories are indelible and how meaningful it is to let someone know when they have made a real difference in your life...even after 50+ years!
Dealing with the imminent death of a family member or a dear friend is difficult at best. Knowing what to say (or not say), what words would be meaningful to the dying person and to you, and whether it is the right time to say goodbye are among the questions that Bruce Feiler, the author of this New York Times article sensitively addresses. He divides his thoughts into topics: "Say Nothing," "Say Something Before It's Too Late," "Say the Obvious," "Say it with Deeds," and "Say it Even if They Can't Hear You." This article makes it clear that there is no one way to say goodbye...and that it is among the hardest things to say.