Senior Service America, Inc., (SSAI) a national nonprofit organization and one of America’s oldest and largest operators of employment programs for America’s seniors, has announced the selection of Gary A. Officer as its new executive director.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 23 senators, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), in calling for robust funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) – the only federal community service and work-based job training program for low-income or unemployed older Americans. President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposes to completely eliminate the program.
May is “Older Americans Month.” This year’s theme is Age Out Loud because we are celebrating the many attributes and contributions to the community from our wonderfully mature. We set aside this month to recognize the value exemplified from this very vibrant population.
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
Elizabeth White herself couldn’t find work later in her career. She’s now written a book in which she identifies issues that older workers face and suggests steps for restoring what she calls ‘a richly textured life.’
When Phyllis Jordan’s neck and back problems turned into stenosis, it forced her to retire from her career as a histologist.
For two years, she said she didn’t know what to do with herself. Then she learned about the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
The idea of retirement as some sort of flashing “game over” sign for older workers seems to hold less and less weight.
Instead of working right up to ages 65-67 — what the U.S. Social Security Administration considers full retirement age — and bidding goodbye to the labor market, many are deciding to ease into retirement.
When the phone rings, Randy Newman springs into action.
He has been answering phones since last July at Wiregrass United Way 211, a service that connects people in need with resources to help.