Magazine article Aging Today

What's Next? Life Options

Magazine article Aging Today

What's Next? Life Options

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Civic Ventures has developed its new Life Options program in an effort to help adults 50 and older answer the question, "What's next?" According to Civic Ventures Senior Vice President Judy Goggin, the San Francisco-based nonprofit developed Life Options to encourage organizations and centers around the United States to help adults make the transition from full-time work and family responsibilities to a new life stage.

"Adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s can now look forward to decades of good health and opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to their communities through paid work or service," Goggin said. Life Options initiatives will provide participants with access to life planning, education for enrichment and new careers, opportunities for civic engagement, and contact with social and other community networks.

Goggin explained that the aim of Life Options programs will be to help organizations and communities involved take advantage of the growing resource pool of older adults, as well as to accommodate the needs and interests of older adults for independence, flexibility in their choice of activities and meaningful involvement in their communities. Participating Life Options organizations will be encouraged to form community partnerships and collaborative efforts, and to involve older people as leaders in planning and implementing programs and services.

Civic Ventures is currently assisting libraries, community colleges and community centers in the development of several Life Options pilot projects in various communities, including the following:

Cleveland. Four local nonprofit organizations have received funding from the Cleveland Foundation to develop Lifelong Learning and Development Centers, and several other organizations were given planning grants. Through its Center for Applied Gerontology, Cuyahoga Community College will provide resources to older adults encountering life and career transitions. …

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