Fifty plus women are the fastest growing Facebook demographic. There's a terrible digital divide separating young and old. More older men are tweeting. "I'm a tech dummy." How many of those maybe true/maybe false statements have you heard? This recent article. "Online Habits Coming Slowly to Older Adults" from the "New Old Age" column of The New York Times sets the record straight... at least for this moment in time.
Maddy Dychtwald, nationally recognized author, demographer, public speaker and entrepreneur, describes three examples of exceptional women who provide a new image of what the future might hold for 40 million boomer women who will most likely live well into their 80's, 90's and beyond. These trailblazers offer hope and a new vision of what these later years might look like. Read the article here.
This April, the Free Library of Philadelphia is taking its famous Philadelphia Book Festival on the road, with special author events happening at all of 54 locations, April 14 - 20. Previously held only at the Parkway Central Library, the seventh annual Book Festival will now give us all the chance to enjoy incredible author events at the neighborhood library we call home. Headlining author events will take place every day at Parkway Central, and special author appearances will take place in every neighborhood library throughout the week. Events are being added all the time, so keep checking Festival calendar to find one near you!
Earlier this year, Coming of Age was asked to make a "Big Idea" presentation at Encore 2013, in Sausalito, CA, using the fast-paced Ignite format-- a five-minute presentation with 20 slides, with each slide advancing every 15 seconds. Our idea? To do for the Encore Life Stage what Eve Ensler did for women's sexuality and empowerment in "The Vagina Monologues." The Huffington Post covered our idea for "The Encore Monologues" in this article.
Taking a page from the playbook of our sister organization, The Transition Network. Coming of Age recently held its first-- and very well atttended-- Encore Men's Group. So much for the notion that guys have to be playing sports or assembling Ikea furniture together to be able to have a meaningful conversation about their lives-- in this case a conversation about being between middle age and true old age, as the Encore Life Stage is defined. At subsequent meetings they'll read and discuss chapters from the Coming of Age free e-book, The Age for Change.
Coming of Age is pleased to co-sponsor a presentation at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 23: Marci Alboher on "How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life." The evening will consist of an interview between Coming of Age National Director Dick Goldberg, and Ms. Alboher, the highly engaging author of The Encore Career Handbook, a how-to manual for having a career that focuses on social impact. A Q & A with the audience will follow. For more information and to register, go here.
We've got to hand it to the ladies-- especially those in the Coming of Age community. They responded from all over to our appeal to "Help Refugee Women Feel at Home in Philadelphia," our joint effort with Project SHINE to identify volunteers to mentor Bhutanese and Burmese refugee women. And they also recently stepped up to the plate to be Encore Volunteer Managers, including at the Career Wardrobe to expand the group’s ability to help more women get work and at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County to help build a revenue stream for the Center.
Camps for grown-ups! What a great idea. For many, their camp experiences were the high point of their youth. Grownupcamps.com reports that there are 800 camps and more than a million adults who have taken advantage of this growing vacation/learning experience. Check out this listing of opportunities (their costs and locations) that you can pursue as you dabble in new things or relive the old: food and wine, music, outdoors (bird watching, hiking), sports, writing, arts and crafts, adventure/fantasy (think cowboys), and dance and theater. Get those name tags sewed into your T-sheets and have a ball!
Before Philadelphia's world-renowned oncologist and philanthropist Dr. Audrey Evans began a lifetime of research and compassionate care, her teachers accused her of dishonesty...they couldn't believe that this British teenager could read so much so quickly. Don't get Dr. Evans started on that topic! She went on to become an award-winning doctor and researcher whose advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neuroblastoma (a common childhood cancer that strikes before age five) contributed to a 50 percent jump in survival rates. She also founded the Ronald McDonald House to care for families. But, retirement stopped her in her tracks...luckily, not for long... read on to find out about her latest passion.
Pre-retirers are being told to consider taxes as an integral part of retirement planning in this USA Today article. Not planning for taxes in retirement "could be a critical and costly mistake." Consider these five tips that clearly explain how to manage your taxes as you enter this new phase. Accumulating money for your older years is just a start; understanding how taxes affect your savings is the next step in making the most of your well-earned dollars. To learn more, click here.