Aging & Older Adult Services

Judith Clinco , Arizona Direct Care Worker Association
Arizona Direct Care Worker Association
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

Nationwide, 3 million direct care workers look after the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult care homes, group homes and private homes. As the population ages, another 1 million will be needed in the next five years. And yet the care givers themselves are hardly respected and poorly paid.

Im Ja P. Choi , Penn Asian Senior Services
Founder and Executive Director
Penn Asian Senior Services
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

Nine years ago, Im Ja P. Choi faced the most difficult decision of her life: whether to put her mother – who only spoke Korean and weighed just 62 pounds after stomach cancer surgeries – in a nursing home. Choi was thrilled to discover that her mother was eligible for home health care covered by Medicaid.

But soon another hurdle emerged: Not a single agency in the Philadelphia area employed Korean-speaking aides. It took Choi seven months to find someone.

Judy Berry , Lakeview Ranch Inc.
President and CEO
Lakeview Ranch Inc.
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

For seven years, Judy Berry watched her mother endure 12 hospitalizations for dementia-related behavior. However, Berry thought her mother didn’t fare well during treatment – she was often overmedicated (with what Berry later learned were inappropriate psychotropic drugs), strapped into a chair and left to wither away.

Suit Up and Play Again

Bill Clinton announced his candidacy for president 20 years ago this month. At an anniversary reunion in Little Rock last weekend, Clinton challenged the crowd, full of people who had worked in his campaign and administration, with a call to action.

While he said we had certainly earned gold watches for what we'd already done, Clinton urged us to look forward.

"America has never been a retirement party," he said. It's time to "suit up and play again," to give future generations the world they deserve.

Despite difficult economic times, volunteering has increased dramatically in the past few years. A recent study found that the number of Americans volunteering in their communities increased by 1.6 million in 2009 – the largest increase in six years. Stephen Anfield's volunteering gig at AARP eventually led to a part-time job there. His experience at AARP helped him land full-time work promoting encore careers at Civic Ventures.

Living the good life in retirement doesn't necessarily require you to spend a lot of money. Continuing to work, even part time, can help. "Even with the recession, the number of people staying in the workforce beyond traditional retirement age is increasing," says Phyllis Segal, vice president Civic Ventures.

With retirement out of the question for many boomers, the thought of an encore career needs to become a reality. Mame Jackson is the CEO of an art studio called Con/Vida. She organizes art shows nationwide that include Brazilian and Peruvian art. Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, says Jackson's late-life business is becoming the norm.

Marc Freedman, author of "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife", speaks with Craig about the economic impact of an aging Baby Boomer population in America. Freedman is a speaker at the Wayne State University FOCIS symposium on September, 15 and 16.


Join the conversation about “next steps” in your life with an extraordinary panel of professionals and individuals who will share strategies about transitioning and ways to contribute in your community whether working or volunteering.

Start: 09/26/2011 - 5:30 p.m.
End: 09/26/2011 - 8:30 p.m.

Marc Freedman talks about his most recent work "The Big Shift" in an interview with WHAS11 in Louisville, KY.

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