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Man Up and Get Ready for Your Encore...

Hey, fella, are you between middle age and true old age? Then you’re in your "encore stage of life.” Working? Retired? Doesn’t matter. Coming of Age is looking for a few good (encore) men—12 or so who want to get together to talk about whatever feels right--sports, kids, grandkids, work, dreams, doubts--all based on the notion that we’re in a new stage of life that really didn’t exist before. We’ll start the group in Center City. So…if you’re interested, click here and fill out this VERY short form. We’ll get back to you soon.


An Egg a Day is Really Okay

Topics: Diet, Disease, Health

While we know that egg yolks are high in cholesterol and therefore have been deemed a "no no" for anyone fearing heart disease or a stroke, a new analysis reports that eggs are not the dietary "pariahs" they were thought to be. The study suggests that for most people, eating one egg a day is not bad for the heart. Researchers reviewed eight studies including 263,938 subjects and pooled the data for analysis. They found no evidence that eating up to an egg a day increased the risk of heart disease or stroke. The results were the same for men and women and in all age ranges. Now we need a study that says bacon is really the key to good health!


Boomers Shaping Housing in the U.S.

As in so many things today, boomers are having a major impact on the housing market. The National Association of Home Builders expects the number of single-family housing starts in 55+ communities to increase by 22 percent this year and an additional 20 percent in 2014. This uptick in new buildings is happening because boomers are feeling more confident in their local market conditions and are able to sell their existing homes at reasonable prices, allowing them to downsize or relocate near their children. This article lists the community amenities that are most highly sought include garden plots, walking/jogging trails, outdoor pools, and public transportation. To learn more about what boomers are seeking, click here.


3 Jobs You Didn't Know You Could Do in Retirement!

Do you think that working while you are retired means being stuck doing a boring, low-level job? If so, it’s time to update your thinking. Nancy Collamer, career coach and author, has found a growing number of unconventional, fun options for part-time work, that can enliven your retirement and pay pretty well, too. Here are three to consider: Voiceover Professional (in which actors record the audio tracks used in everything from training videos to audio books to TV commercials); Life Cycle Celebrant (someone who helps people commemorate important life transitions;weddings, divorces, adoptions, etc.); and Senior Move Manager (people who assist clients needing to downsize and relocate.) To learn more, click here.


Time to Explore Your Future!

Whether you are retired, 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 mprowler@comingofage.org to register. To share this information with others, click here.


"Is Philadelphia a Good Place to Grow Older?"

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 this link to 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.


What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?

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, mprowler@comingofage.org to register. To share this information with others, click here.

 


Refugee Women's Project Needs You!

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: mprowler@comingofage.org. 


How Age-Friendly is Philadelphia?

"Is Philadelphia a Good Place to Grow Older: A Panel Discussion." Those who attend this Coming of Age-sponsored discussion will leave knowing a lot more about how our city rates on issues that affect our quality of life and the city's "age-friendliness," what is being done to make it even better, and will have a chance to ask experts questions. Please click on this link to learn more about the event to be held at Temple Center City's campus, 1515 Market Street on February 19th, 6 p.m., $15. Spaces are limited, so register today!


Find Those Discounts!

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...