Why Experienced Workers Shouldn’t be Cast Aside: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

In a USA Today op-ed, our President Ann MacDougall explains how pervasive ageism and assumptions about the “right” retirement age have caused society to squander one of its greatest assets — experienced adults.

And in a brief video interview with The Drucker Institute’s Monday Magazine, our CEO and founder Marc Freedman provides tips and perspectives on moving into an encore career that provides “continued means, meaning and great significance, not just for ourselves, but for the community.” (Note that Marc comes on screen after the superhero!)

Older adults engaged in service have changed their lives, while making a difference in the lives of tens of millions of Americans, our VP Phyllis Segal tells Next Avenue, making a strong case for why we should expand, not eliminate, national service. 

Given that Americans over 50 now spend $7.1 trillion annually — a figure that will more than double, topping $15 trillion by 2020 — why aren’t businesses preparing more for the future of aging, asks Rich Eisenberg in this Next Avenue piece, reporting from the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging’s Summit.

How can aging advocates spark a more productive dialogue, shift perceptions and build support for necessary policy changes? The FrameWorks Institute set out to figure out how to reframe aging; see their findings in this report, and their recommendations here.

Our newest story in The Christian Science Monitor profiles Dawn Blackman, a former dress shop owner who now oversees a thriving garden and community hub, with 72 beds that brought fresh produce to more than 3,000 people last year.

Longevity is creating an entirely new definition of what it means to be old, our board member — and Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging chair — Paul Irving tells Dr. Steven Eisenberg. 

In this gorgeous op-ed, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof calls 2012 Purpose Prize winner Susan Burton “a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman” for her powerful advocacy work providing drug treatment and ending mass incarceration. If you’re in NYC on May 19th, hear Burton chat about her new book, “Becoming Ms. Burton.” (Details for this free event here.) 

Finally, we’re hiring! If you’re interested in working with a team of talented individuals who are passionate about changing the narrative of aging and social impact, see our open roles here and apply today. Please help us spread the word (click to tweet).

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Marci Alboher: Come for a Haircut, Stay for Captain Underpants

Corita Brown: Group Helps Provide Stability for Unaccompanied Minors Arriving in Greater Portland

Ann MacDougall: Owning Your Own Future

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

Our Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign partner Jumpstart is now hiring for a Senior Site Manager for their innovate Los Angeles Community Corps program. They’re looking for someone who’s passionate about engaging older adults in purpose-driven volunteer work in the early education field. Check out the full details here in our Gen2Gen Facebook Group, and please share this application with any individuals or networks that you think would be interested!