Nominations are still open for the 2013 Purpose Prize, which will award up to $100,000 to social innovators 60 and older. You may nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself – anyone whose creative endeavors in the second half of life are making a big difference to society. The Purpose Prize®, now in its eighth year, is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2013. Click here to nominate someone worthy.
Coming of Age is recruiting people age 50+ to be Encore Volunteer Managers (EVM) at Philadelphia-area nonprofits. Each manager will lead a corps of volunteers (of all ages) within a nonprofit (i.e. homeless shelter, food cupboard, emergency crisis center) that has been accepted into this program. The part-time EVM will receive a $500/month stipend and work 15 hours a week from April thru December, 2013 at an organization that is supported by The Philadelphia Foundation. To find out more about this opportunity, continue reading below. To access the application, which must be submitted online by 5 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 by 5 p.m., click here.
Coming of Age and its Intergenerational Center partner, Project SHINE, are offering opportunities for women age 50+ to develop relationships with Bhutanese and Burmese 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. An orientation meeting will be held on March 5th in Center City. Click here for more information and to register.
This is a question that this Forbes article will help you determine. But, first, if you are turning 65 this year, regardless of when you take Social Security and when you stop working, you need to enroll in Medicare when you first become eligible at 65 or you could face higher premiums. By contrast, you can start collecting Social Security anytime from age 62 to 70, and the later you start, the bigger the benefit. Just how much more money you receive depends on your birthday. Click here to learn more about how to proceed (you might want to copy this article for future reference!)
As dating sites proliferate and more of them focus on the "older" crowd, it is clear that boomers want companionship and someone to share their lives with. But sharing their lives doesn't necessarily mean another trip down the aisle according to a survey commissioned by the Del Webb retirement community of 521 single boomers ages 50 and older. Only 11 percent of single boomers said they wanted to remarry. Eighty-one percent reported that they were reveling in their freedom; women feel liberated not having to clean up after someone else (34 percent), while men noted they liked having time for hobbies and social activities. Do you agree with this finding?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to register. To share this information with others, click here.