Workshop aimed at baby boomers

Experience, Inc. will hold a “Coming of Age, Explore Your Future” workshop focusing on baby boomers and exploring the next phase of their lives, particularly volunteerism.

The workshop will be presented by Dick Goldberg of Temple University and will be held on Tuesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is limited to the first 20 people that sign up.

Goldberg said, “We present this all over the nation and everywhere we go people get a lot out of it. ‘Explore Your Future’ is a very dynamic and interactive program.”

Over 5,000 people nationally have participated and, “We are well on our way to the next five thousand,” he said.

Goldberg added that the concept is, “using the wisdom in the room. If there are 20 people that average say, 60 years old, that is 1,200 years of experience. By using experiences… that we’ve enjoyed and the challenges we’ve faced, I can learn from you and you can learn from me.”

The four sessions, titled “What has influenced me”, “Who am I now”, “How can I realize my dreams” and “How do I create an engaged life” provide an opportunity for participants to consider what is next in their lives.

It is a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping participants develop strategic plans for their futures and create a vision for making their future engaged and rewarding.

Sue Himes, Allegheny Community Center and Retired Senior Volunteer Program community development director, said she attended a similar Goldberg training in Harrisburg.

“It was very beneficial to me. I encourage people who are looking for something new in their life to participate. It can help them pinpoint interests,” she said.

She added that Golberg is an expert on the baby boomer generation and the way they think.

Goldberg said that his organization has a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to work with Experience, Inc.

“You guys have the most forward thinking people in the state. In your Allegheny Community Center and transit authority, there are a lot of great ideas. Most people would love to have that. They are very envious,” he said.

Farley Wright, executive director for Experience, Inc. said, “None of us can choose whether or not we age but we can make significant choices in how we age. Critical to aging well is being healthy; proper nutrition and exercise, friends and familyand purpose. Dick Goldberg will help guide you through a process to help you ensure your ‘retirement years’ are fulfilling, rich and have purpose.”

The cost is $15 per person, which includes training and dinner. To register, call Himes at 723-4180 or email her at rsvp@westpa.net.