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Director's Message

Encore Careers January 2010

 About 4 years ago I became aware of an emerging concept called “Encore Careers.” As Boomers began to face retirement age, they realized that they wanted to apply their talents to combine continued income, greater meaning and social impact. They were ready to work fewer hours, but not give up the stimulation of the workplace. Many were ready to try something new. This concept was further developed by Civic Ventures, the Metlife Foundation and AARP. Research demonstrated great concern about the potential loss of wisdom and stability of the older worker and how to replace the countless hours that older adults give to their communities when the next generation is both smaller and appears more self-serving.

 
In the past year, the concept has been expanding to include a growing number of people over 50 who are trying to re-enter the workforce out of necessity. Some have been laid off, some found their retirement savings much diminished, and others are responding to other changed family circumstances. Many “experienced workers” are finding that there is an employer reluctance to hire people who they judge to be “old school,” not tech savvy, likely to leave within 5-10 years, more costly, or vulnerable to health problems. There is research that demonstrates that older workers are actually more likely to stay with a company than young workers, more able to apply experience to the new position, and more able to adapt and go with the flow during difficult times on the job.
 
People who are seeking employment face a very different—sometimes bewildering—new world. One needs to be able to generate resumes on a computer and send them out to many more opportunities electronically. Job searches are done online through a wide range of sites as print Want Ads fade into history. There are also a number of website resources which can be instructive in navigating this new world if one knows how to choose, access and utilize them. These challenging times require creative thinking and extensive networking.
 
Civic Ventures, MetLife, Atlantic Philanthropies and others have offered grants to organizations that would develop model programs for creating encore career opportunities, volunteer leadership and building social capital. PSRC participated in one project led by the Princeton Area Community Foundation which explored developing social capital in our area. The winners of the 2009 Encore Opportunity Awards were just published. Projects include passing language and culture from Dakota and Ojibwe elders to young children, recruiting, training, and hiring people as caregivers to people with disabilities, an employer creating an “adjunct employee” option, encore workers mentoring young staff and clients/inmates, an interim executive director training program, partnering with AmeriCorps, training experienced tradesmen to be teachers and creating peer support networks. For more information, go to www.encore.org.
 
PSRC is expanding our fledgling Engaged Retirement program to support people seeking Encore Careers. This fall we offered programs on using volunteer experiences to build a resume and starting your own business. We have several programs planned for this winter and spring (see Engaged Retirement and Encore Career page in this issue). 
 
We also want to put these principles into practice by finding individuals who are experienced in Human Resources who would like to develop and present workshops on resume writing and other related topics. Please contact Carol King or me if you are interested.
 
Susan Hoskins
Executive Director
 
 

Previous Messages

Preferred Caregivers: Daughters

Cues & Clues

Recharging

GrandPals Celebrate 20 Years!

Multi-generational Households

No One Ages Well Alone

Help at Home

Gratitude

November 2016 Family Caregiving

October 2016 Annual Report

September 2016 Corporate Healthcare

Strategic Planning

Is Your Home Age- Friendly?

May 2016 Director's Message Part 2 - We Need Your Help

May 2016 - Part 1 - Going Solo

April 2016 - Volunteering

March 2016 - Partners In Caring

February 2016 - PSRC's Strategic Plan

January 2016 - Hope

December 2015 - Gratitude

November 2015 - Helicopter Children

October 2015 - Is Princeton An Age Friendly Community?

September 2015 - Annual Report

July & August 2015 - Family and Community

June 2015 - A Gift that Keeps Giving

May 2015 60 Is the New 60

April 2015 - Spring

March 2015 - Being Mortal

February 2015 - Mentoring

January 2015 - Winter Blues

December 2014 - Leaving A Legacy

October 2014 An Age Friendly Future

September 2014 Annual Report

July - August 2014

June 2014 - Romance After 50

May 2014 - Your Virtual Estate

April 2014 - Memory and Forgetting

March 2014 - Aging in Community

Observational Stay

February 2014 - Family Caregiving

January 2014 - Attitudes about Aging

December 2013 - Giving

November 2013 - Healthcare Marketplace

October 2013 - Annual Report 2013

September 2013 - Total Brain Health® Fair

July - August 2013 My cat, My Father and Me

June 2013 - Age Friendly Communities

May 2013 - Navigating a Changing HealthCare Landscape

April 2013 - Becoming Visible

March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions

February 2013 - Partners in Caring Princeton

January 2013 - Men as Caregivers

December 2012 - The Safety Net

November 2012 - Going Solo

October 2012 - Documenting Your History

September 2012 - A Journey of Transformation

July - August 2012 - Gratitude & Moving

June 2012 - Diversity

May 2012- Aging in America

APRIL 2012 - TEN YEARS

March 2012 - Patient-centered Care

February 2012 - Can you Spare an Hour?

January 2012 - Challenges & Opportunities

December - Are you Prepared for Emergencies?

November - We need YOU!

October - Chocolate for Memory

September- Looking Back and Looking Forward

July - August 2011; Ageism

June 2011 - Accessibility

May 2011 - Paper retention

Knit Wits, April 2011

Lessons and Legacies, March 2011

Independent Living February 2011

Home Safety January 2011

Witness to my Life December 2010

Elections, benefits and open enrollment November 2010

Retire in 3D!

Strategic Planning September 2010

Am I Old? July 2010

Memory Clutter June 2010

Aging In America May 2010

Volunteering April 2010

Spirituality March 2010

Estate Planning February 2010

Encore Careers January 2010

Hiring Home Care December 2009

Annual Giving by Sharon Naeole November 2009

Flu Pandemic 2009 October 2009

Healthy Memory, Healthy Mind September 2009

A Personal Perspective on Caregiving July/August 2009

TRANSPORTATION May 2009

Wei Ji: Crisis, Danger and Opportunity April 2009

Write your own obituary March 2009

Hobbies February 2009

Hope and Vision in Challenging Times
January 2009

Medicare Changes 2008: Take A Look! December 2008

Scams, Frauds and Rip-offs November 2008

Engaged Retirement: Beyond Financial Planning October 2008

September 2008 Caregiver Dilemmas

Finding Rhythm and Purpose July/August 2008

Spring Cleaning II June 2008

V + OA = ER (Volunteering + Older Americans=Engaged Retirement)May 2008

Spring Cleaning April 2008

Have You Had the Talk Yet? March 2008

Get Moving with FitRhythms™! February 2008

My Condolences January 2008

Advocacy December 2007

What Are Social Services? November 2007

Sensitive Topics October 2007

Plan for the Future September 2007

The Up-side of Aging Summer 2007

Volunteering June 2007

Strategic Plan May 2007

National Conference on Aging: Let's ReThink Aging April 2007

Brain Health March 2007

Resiliency February 2007

Transportation January 2007

Season of Giving December 2006

Medicare Part D November 2006

April Hill McElroy October 2006

Civic Engagement September 2006

Change June 2006

White House Conference on Aging May 2006

Hearing Loss April 2006

GrandPals March 2006

Lets Talk February 2006

Eldertopia January 2006

Hoarding December 2005

Annual Report: November 2005

Are You Prepared? October 2005

Planning Ahead October 2005

Watch Your Language September 2005

Medicare Part D Summer 2005

Sue Tillett June 2005

The End of the Journey May 2005

Clutter March 2005

New Dietary Guidelines February 2005

Transitions January 2005

Funding December 2004

Caregiving November 2004

Civic Engagement with GrandPals October 2004

A New Look September 2004

Safe Driving Summer 2004

Food Safety June 2004

Communication June 2004

The Challenge of Giving Care May 2004

Seniors On The Move April 2004

Depression March 2004

McGreevey February 2004

Medications January 2004

Random Acts of Kindness December 2003

Civic Engagement November 2003

Reverse Mortgages Oct 2003

Emergency Preparedness, Jan 2003


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