Encore Careers: Resources and Success Stories

June 28, 2013

It’s never too late to follow your dream and spend your days doing what you love. In fact, entering an Encore Career can be a lot more rewarding than simply working to get by. For whatever reason you decide to remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age, you might as well enjoy it.

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Jan (standing) retired from her career in education in 2001 and continues to work as a consultant in addition to volunteering multiple times a week to serve lunch to seniors at Senior Community Centers.

Baby Boomers in their 60s and 70s have most likely had a first career and already built a life for themselves and their families. Entering a second career therefore comes with a lot less pressure and serves as a healthy way to spend the golden years. It may take a little while to get hired, but it’s worth it. Here is a list of resources and success stories of people loving their Encore Careers:

“A whopping 25 million Americans between 44-70 hope to start their own businesses in the coming 5-10 years, according to a 2011 MetLife Foundation study. Half want to start what they consider a socially responsible enterprise.”

“I was 66 years old when I received my firefighter certification, which supposedly made me the oldest person, or at least oldest female ever, to achieve the certification in the state, and possibly in all of New England.”

“While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.”

The article from Next Avenue covers how to create an Encore Resume and dispels myths about Encore Careers.

This concludes the 3-piece series on Encore Careers. Please join the conversation and share your success stories below.


State of the Agency Highlights

June 27, 2013

Senior Community Centers is closing out Fiscal Year 2012/2013 and we are ready to face any challenges that the new year may bring. As we highlight our milestones and future growth opportunities, I am thankful for the supporters we have welcomed to our family over the past 40+ years.

During our State of the Agency reception, one of our first board members who began her service in 1972, had the chance to meet newly appointed board members. Young professionals who thrive in their roles as board interns shared creative ideas for introducing new friends to the organization. A senior client who is a part of our supportive housing program, showcased his musical talent side-by-side with our Support Services Case Manager. Senior Community Centers is the type of organization that creates lifelong friendships and fosters mutually beneficial relationships for everyone involved. Our success and wide reach in the community is a result of these relationships.

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(Tommy, resident at Potiker Family Senior Residence, and Joe, Support Services Case Manager performed together to kick off our meeting)

We work together to keep low-income seniors healthy and we defer the need for long-term care by stepping in where this vulnerable population needs us most. With the help of our friends and over 40+ years of experience, Senior Community Centers is able to:

  • Serve more meals to even more seniors
  • Expand case management services in multiple languages
  • Add transitional housing units to our homeless prevention program
  • Offer new and exciting community education classes
  • Invest in pilot programs to virtually connect home-bound clients

If you would like to become a part of this outstanding family that has so much to offer, please choose your level of involvement from Senior Community Centers’  How To Help list or consider becoming a volunteer.


Encore Careers: 6 Tips that Help Baby Boomers Get Hired

June 21, 2013

Statistics show that the average woman lives another 23 years past 65 and the average man lives another 18 years. What would you like to do with that time?

This is the second part of a three-piece series on Encore Careers. It’s no secret that Baby Boomers are planning to remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age. While some Baby Boomers continue to enjoy their first careers, some may want to reenter the workforce after taking some time off. Here are 6 tips that will get you ready for that Encore Career:

  1. Know what your passions are; know what you’re good at
  2. Check with your local network to find out where jobs are
  3. Use the Internet to search for senior employment opportunities
  4. Update your resume showcasing your talent and experience
  5. Go to school and utilize community education programs
  6. Volunteer to increase your chances of getting hired

For detailed information about each of these tips and examples of where to look for help, watch my discussion in the KUSI Newsroom by clicking the picture below:

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Check back next Friday for Part 3 covering Encore Careers: Resources and Success Stories


Watch LIVE: US Senate HELP Committee Hearing Testimonial – June 19, 2013 @ 7 am PDT

June 18, 2013

On Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7 am (PDT), I will testify before the Senate HELP Committee, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging – chaired by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who had formerly introduced the reauthorization bill in January 2012.

***Watch the proceedings LIVE at www.help.senate.gov.***

The hearing is titled “Reducing Senior Poverty and Hunger: The Role of the Older Americans Act” and it is held in support of the OAA reauthorization and 2013 amendments to the bill.

June 20, 2013 UPDATE: A video & testimonies of the hearing can be found here.

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About the Senate HELP Committee: The Committee began in 1869 and has been called the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee since 1999.

About the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging: The Subcommittee has oversight over many issues including but not limited to: The Older Americans Act, elder abuse and long-term care services.

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“President Lyndon Johnson hands a pen from the signing of the Older Americans Act to an unknown woman on July 14, 1965. Photo by Yoichi Okamoto and courtesy of the LBJ Library.” (Reference: PBS News Hour Article, May 29, 2013)


Encore Careers: Remaining in the Workforce Past the Traditional Retirement Age

June 14, 2013

This is part one of a three-piece series on Encore Careers. As more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, many actually remain in the workforce or reinvent themselves for an Encore Career.  Reasons for remaining employed are as diverse as the seniors facing those decisions.

“Work is not about the money. I want to stay busy.” ~Archie Moore Jr.

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At Senior Community Centers 14 percent of our workforce is 65 years or older. Not long ago the typical American’s goal was to retire before age 65 but now more workers are pushing back retirement into their 70s.

Statistics show that 18.5 percent of Americans age 65 and over were still working in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Baby boomers are staying in the workforce for a multitude of reasons. They are trying to help cover the costs associated with their children’s college tuition while caring for their aging parents. Does that sound familiar? Others continue to work after their retirement savings took a deep hit during the recession. In addition, many Americans are now living into their late 80s and 90s outliving their retirement savings.

“Being a senior myself opened my eyes on how the senior population was neglected and I wanted to do something with my own hands to help.” (Archie Moore Jr.)

For many older adults having a purpose and making a difference in the community is what keeps them in the workforce. “Work is not about the money. I want to stay busy.” says Archie Moore, Jr., age 70. After 25 years in sales, over 15 years as a pharmacist and two college degrees, Archie felt he was most needed serving seniors in downtown San Diego and joined Senior Community Centers’ Nutrition Program where he continues to make a difference not just for himself but for our community.

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself and follow your passion. What keeps you actively engaged in today’s workforce?

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Check back next Friday for Part 2 covering Encore Careers: 6 Tips that Help Baby Boomers get Hired.


San Diego Seniors Personally Thank Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52)

June 10, 2013

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) has made a bold statement and continues to advocate that across-the-board spending cuts are unwise: “The rules Congress imposes on others should apply to us too.”

IMG_2408pRep. Peters announced that he will take eight percent of his Congressional salary, which equates to about $1,300 per month, and donate it to Senior Community Centers to supplement meals for at-risk seniors. There is no proof that cutting funds to senior nutrition programs saves tax dollars.  On the contrary, evidence shows that providing seniors nutritionally balanced meals keeps them healthy, independent, and significantly reduces healthcare costs on the taxpayer.

Today, Rep. Peters had the opportunity to meet the beneficiaries of his exemplary gesture of support. He was welcomed at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center with a roar of applause and received genuine handshakes and words of thanks while he served lunch to the seniors.

Senior Community Centers and thousands of San Diego seniors like the ones seen in the video clip below once again say “Thank You, Congressman Scott Peters”!


Lawyers Reach Out: Serving More Than Just Lunch

June 7, 2013

Delivering Food And Smiles to Local Seniors

Guest Blogger: Carra Lassman Rhamy, Senior Deputy County Counsel, San Diego County Counsel (carra.rhamy@sdcounty.ca.gov)

For me, few things these days rival the sense of accomplishment gained from winning a motion or trial – though the experience of serving a hot lunch to a grateful senior comes close. I have done a variety of volunteer work in my life, but this is the first time I did this event. I hope it is not my last.

20130319-_M3A6423Usually I work through my lunches or, if I’m lucky, I take a walk outside to get some exercise. But when the invitation came to volunteer by serving lunch to seniors, I thought I’d give it a try. I met up with a small group of judges and attorneys at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. We donned our plastic aprons and gloves, and were ready for our assignments. […]

As for the seniors we served, they were wonderful. When we were all assembled and introduced they applauded us before we even started. They were so gracious and thanked us each time we placed or removed a tray. I could tell that for many of them it was going to be the best meal of their day and maybe the only hot one. As I traversed the room doing my assignment I was impressed with the variety of ethnicities I observed and languages I heard. The years of experience I saw in their faces made me feel humble – a feeling that can be uncommon for an attorney. I was very proud to serve them.

It was a very meaningful experience because it brought me pleasure to be able to help someone in such a basic way. I highly recommend it-and not just because I got to see male judges wearing hairnets. It was extremely rewarding and invigorating. When I returned to my desk that afternoon I knew that, even if I had not finished a winning brief, I had accomplished something even more valuable that day.

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This story appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of San Diego Lawyer. It is posted with the permission of the San Diego County Bar Association. Photo Credit: Barry Carlton.

It is always a pleasure to read about the positive experiences that our volunteers create for themselves and for the seniors we serve at Senior Community CentersThank you, Ms. Rhamy, for volunteering and for sharing your thoughts about the event!


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