Purposeful Aging — Good For You, Good For Society: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

“Aging with purpose is really, really good for your health,” was the big news from the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging Purposeful Aging Summit, according to Next Avenue’s Rich Eisenberg and Kerry Hannon. Eisenberg points to programs like AARP Experience Corps and Senior Corps to show how impactful initiatives improve the lives of both volunteers and recipients. Hannon talks to our colleague Betsy Werley about how volunteering can be a great launchpad for ramping up skills and giving back. 

How will the longevity boom shape society? Our CEO Marc Freedman points us to the 2016 “Future of Aging” anthology, a project of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, for some provocative answers, including his own.

In our third “Innovation Conversation,” Encore Fellowships Network National Director Mike Mowery interviewed Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks — and an Encore2016 Fast Pitch finalist — about her new venture Substantial, which is reimagining substitute teaching. 

“Maybe we can stop trying to stay young and instead rally to help people who actually are,” our CEO Marc Freedman tells Stanford Center on Longevity director — and Encore.org board member — Dr. Laura Carstensen in this TIME.com piece. (We think that’s a great legacy for the Woodstock generation!)

Our colleague Betsy Werley shares our new, interactive Encore Talent Works toolkit with the National Council of Nonprofits, making a strong case for how it can help nonprofits looking to connect with — and benefit from — encore talent.  

Barbara Rady Kazdan asks whether post-career individuals who are working tirelessly to achieve social benefit, like our 2015 Purpose Prize winner Dr. Samuel Lupin, are actually “retired”?

 And in other encore news:

  • We’re excited to partner with Be Social Change to build stronger connections with people and organizations driving social innovation in NYC. Join us on June 23rd at 6:30 PM at Wix Lounge for the New York Social Good Summer Bash! 
  • Know someone who’s working to redefine aging in America? Nominate here to be a 2016 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging.
  • We’re delighted to see encore storyteller Moina Shaiq’s “Meet a Muslim” initiative profiled in DailyGood. 
  • Finally, check out the new Boomer Breakthrough site, and see how they’re connecting boomers to encore careers.

What We’re Reading (And Watching)

Sarah McKinney: What happens when a nursing home and a day care center share a roof?

Michelle Hynes: 2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

Phyllis Segal: Why This Trio of Funders Is Helping Convert STEM Professionals to Teachers

Phyllis Segal EnCorps

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

How would you answer a young person’s questions about life, career and purpose? Our friend Christine Whelan, author of The Big Picture, asked over 100 young adults what they would ask someone a bit older and more experienced. Now, you’re invited to share your wisdom and answer a few of these questions (like the ones in the image at right). To respond, please either fill out this form, or email your answers to: [email protected] Your responses could be featured online here!