Problem to be Solved:
The final phase of life is a time with unique challenges. Transitioning to retirement is a major life change. Additionally these years are a time of loss. Few individuals know of the many opportunities available to them to create a life of passion and purpose, engaged and content. Some discover their time to become filled without control or satisfaction. Others seem unable to connect and may become increasingly more isolated.
How Will successful resolution affect the local community?
Individuals who are able to integrate with activities and maintain a supportive social network are mentally, physically, and emotionally healthier. They contribute much to their families and their communities.
What will be acceptable outcome(s) for the team addressing the problem?
To develop a resource of life option opportunities (art, drama, dance, outdoor adventure, travel, social clubs, history groups, community amenities, volunteer opportunities, mentoring, sports, gardening, history, writing, service organizations, etc.) and to present those opportunities to mid-life and older adults at an event. Continue to make that information available through other means. Develop as an ongoing resource. To show through measurement that the information is accessed and participants indicate a positive response.
Training and Support:
This team will be supported by the PAFC priority committee working on the Culture of Aging issues. A member of the priority group will serve as liaison between the team and the PAFC. The priority group provides oversight, counsel, support, and resources needed to plan and produce the event. Once the team is established there will be an initial training that covers project expectations and team process. A volunteer coordinator will be available throughout the project to address issues rising within the team itself.
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