Life Planning Network

The Life Planning Network (LPN) is a community of professionals from diverse fields who share a commitment to providing a broad spectrum of Life Planning services and resources for the Third Age. The Third Age is a life stage created by extended life expectancy into the eighties and beyond – a time that offers new possibilities for living in fulfillment and on purpose, including Encore careers.

Life Planning consultants and other professionals provide structure, guidance and resources to their clients to rebalance or redirect their commitments and create fulfilling, productive and healthy lives. The Life Planning Network offers professional development, support and opportunities to create and shape the burgeoning field of Third Age Life Planning.

If you are a professional interested in learning more about LPN, please visit the "Our Vision" and "About Membership" pages of our website (click the link above or to the right). If you are interested in working with a life planning professional, please check the "Find a Life Planning Consultant" page on our website.

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Encore Career Workshop at the Community College of Denver

Considering retraining? Wondering where and how to begin? A Community College of Denver Encore Career Initiative workshop can help you set your course on a new and fulfilling career path.

Start: 06/20/2011 - 9 a.m.
End: 06/20/2011 - 4:30 p.m.

Discovering What's Next Career Counseling With Career Moves at JVS

Take advantage of Discovering What's Next's one-on-one free consultation service provided by Career Moves at JVS.

Start: 06/16/2011 - 9:30 a.m.
End: 06/16/2011 - 11 a.m.

Discovering What's Next Career Counseling With Career Moves at JVS

Take advantage of Discovering What's Next's one-on-one free consultation service provided by Career Moves at JVS.

Start: 05/19/2011 - 9:30 a.m.
End: 05/19/2011 - 11 a.m.

Harvard Business Review on Career "Menopause"

Bronwyn Fryer in the Harvard Business Review has a vivid account of the psychic (and practical) obstacles to making an encore career transition in this post on the HBR's editor's blog. She asks readers to share their experiences with "career menopause" and how they got through it.

Are You Being Called?

In the first half of life, you ask the question “Who should I be?” and look to parents, teachers, and society for the answer and for directives on how to achieve it.

You spend over three decades scanning your external world for clues about the appropriate steps that would support your mission to be on the right course. In the process, you develop competencies and skills, as well as a keener sense of how to present yourself in the world beyond your immediate family.

Health and Wellness in the Third Age

I'll bet Dr. Karl Singer will live to be at least 110! Especially if he continues to watch those educational videos while riding his stationary bike, chomping away on those twelve fruits and vegetables every day as he prepares to play his viola with the youthful students at his former prep school.

Who knows, he might even live to be 120 if he continues to develop his meditation practice and avoids anesthesia in future surgeries like he did during his past cornea surgery. And what about that three-week unpaid leave of absence each year for a really big trip?

More to follow.

NEW YORK TIMES: Your true calling could suit a nonprofit

Q. You’ve spent your career in a profit-making business but want your work to be more in line with your personal values... Is this the right reason to make a switch?

Eilene Zimmerman tackles this and other questions about encore transitions to the nonprofit sector in her “Career Couch” column in the New York Times.

In her answer, she quotes Steven Pascal-Joiner, midcareer transitions coordinator for Idealist.org. "It’s not enough to say, 'I want to work for a nonprofit,'" he said. "You need to know what kind of organization you want to work for, the role you want to play and why."


ELDER CARE ANGUISH: Trying Experience Turns Into Second Career

Julie Groshens is launching an Elder Care Expo in St. Paul, Minn., to make it easier to explore options for aging relatives.

Frustration with patching together care for her aging mother prompted one baby boomer to start a second job bringing together elder-care resources in one venue.


MARC FREEDMAN in the WASHINGTON POST: "What work will boomers do?"


Velma Simpson. Photo by Alex Harris.

Marc Freedman, in a column in today's Washington Post, takes issue with an Allstate ad exhorting Americans to save for 30 years of retirement.

"Millions of boomers are headed not for endless vacation but for a new stage of work, driven both by the desire to remain productive and the need to make ends meet over longer life spans," Freedman, author of Encore, writes in the piece, "One More Time, With Meaning."

That makes the central question, both for individuals and society at large, "What work will boomers do?"


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