— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

— By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …

— For the past seven years, Encore!Hartford has provided Hartford area Connecticut professionals age 50 and older with support in transitioning from a corporate career to one in the nonprofit sector. Now, The University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program, in partnership with Fairfield County nonprofit partners, has launched Encore!Fairfield County, creating an opportunity for more southern Connecticut residents to participate in the innovative program. Encore!Fairfield County is modeled after Encore!Hartford, which has an impressive track record. A five-year assessment of the …

— AARP North Carolina and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting Encore Entrepreneur events to help North Carolinians age 50-plus start or grow a small business. The workshops offer advice and resources on matters such as business plans, marketing and social media, funding and franchising. Community leaders will be on hand, along with counselors and mentors from SBA and SCORE, a nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services. With more life experiences and disposable income than younger entrepreneurs, …

— Make your Encore Years Count with Peace Corps Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Posner Center for International Development 1031 33rd St., Denver, CO 80205   Have you always wanted to serve in the Peace Corps? It’s never too late!  Join your Colorado Peace Corps representatives on May 1 to learn more about service opportunities overseas for older applicants. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served after age 50 will be available to share stories and answer questions about their experiences. …

— AARP is teaming up with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cleveland to provide two programs in late July that allow you to explore entrepreneurship as a second-stage career. New research has found that one in four Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business or nonprofit venture over the next five to 10 years. Nearly half of these aspiring entrepreneurs reported a desire to be “Encore Entrepreneurs.” Many Encore Entrepreneurs have certain …

—   Make your dreams of starting your own business come true by attending the June 30th Mini-Coaching Fair co-sponsored by AARP DC, the Small Business Administration and SCORE. Meet your local small business resource partners who provide expert business coaching. Learn what it takes to pursue a small business venture.  Register at:  SBA/Encore/AARP Mini-Coaching Fair 6-30-15                

— AARP volunteers will be on hand for an exciting Cleveland Foundation discussion aimed at delivering first-hand advice on how to develop your own plan for your Encore years. Cleveland Foundation’s Encore Cleveland is an exciting new initiative that channels the time, energy and talents of Greater Clevelanders 50+ into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs. Fred Talks: Encore Cleveland – Define Your Next Chapter is being delivered by broadcast legend Fred Griffith and features special guest Marci Alboher, author …

— An evolution is occurring that will one day affect you and your family: Older adults are breaking stereotypes, and are redefining life, career and retirement in the second half of their lives. Marc Freedman has coined a term for this emerging social transformation: the encore movement. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, spoke to Tampa Bay community members about the importance of embracing the Encore movement to better our communities at an AARP-sponsored event. “We are …

Debbie Dalton, AARP California

— Guest post by Debbie Dalton, AARP California Associate State Director of Outreach I remember when my Dad retired at age 62. He spent his time resting, reading, watching sports, and enjoying his family. I grew up thinking that retiring at 62 could be a real possibility for me. Now that I have reached that age, retirement (or as I like to call it, “my next journey”) has changed meaning for me. I’m not ready to think about kicking back; instead, …