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Senior Times - May 2019
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
We’ve all said it, or at least heard it, 70 is the new 50, and some seniors feel like they are 40 years old again. They are not only living longer, they’re living healthier, more active lives and so the concept of retirement has undergone a remarkable change. I know I feel better today than I did in my thirties.
agree. He says, “It simply means that there’s a new role for older business men and women to play.
products that are positive and solution-based. Conley’s book was published last
When you couple the energy of many of our older adults with the changes in Social Security and the incentives to work longer, seniors staying in the workforce is often a decision based on economic factors. But in reality, many seniors really enjoy working as well, and receive great personal value from doing so. Changing careers in not uncom- mon either and can even be a healthier choice as well.
The fifty-eight-year-old entrepreneur Conley was a very successful hotel exec- utive. He owned a chain of 58 boutique hotels, which he sold in 2010. A few years later he took a job at Airbnb as the in-house mentor to Brian Chesky, that company’s CEO. Conley says that he quickly learned that the notion of revering seniors in the workplace no longer applies.
September and by November he used the concepts he described in it to create a new venture he calls the Modern Elder Academy. It’s a one of a kind resort in the seaside town of El Pescadero located on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. It is an academy dedicated to nav- igating midlife transitions. The promise of the program is that it will provide the place and tools to start reframing your lifetime of experiences to grow whole, not old.
According to Dan Weber, president, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), older Americans are still very active these days and most of them don’t like the idea of giving up their careers.
It used to be that traditional elders were held in reverence for their wisdom, but in this day and age they are appreciated for their relevance, “Because they’re as much of an intern as they are a mentor.”
The average lifespan in the United States has increased from 47 in the year 1900 to 77 in 2000. That's a 30-year increase in lifespan in just one century. With increased longevity came new challenges and Conley credits the introduction of the midlife crisis concept in 1965 to this reality of increased longevity.
However, things are changing says Webber, “The boss is not the old man any- more. Young so-called ‘digital leaders’ are taking over as top dog in many companies these days, using their knowledge of technol- ogy to trump the wisdom of seniority.”
Says Conley, “I started to realize that there are some things they [younger exec- utives] could teach me, like digital intel- ligence, and there are things that I could teach them, which is emotional intelli- gence, leadership skills, strategic thinking, etc. That is the opportunity.
The challenge for large and small busi- nesses alike is how to create an intergener- ational collaboration. For some larger busi- nesses, it is quite possible to see five gener- ations in the workplace at the same time. On a given day, you could see four generations in our small, family-owned business. We
are not unlike many in the community. We completely appreciate the wisdom that came before us and try diligently to integrate it with new ideas and technology to produce
In 1965, midlife was perceived as 45 to 65 or 40 to 60. “Today, I think it’s 35 to 75 because people are going to work longer and people start feeling irrelevant earlier,” explains Conley. He adds that this concept is one of the reasons the Modern Elder Academy was created.
Taking a healthy view at this however, as we transition to younger bosses, it does not mean that seniors are no longer an important part of the workforce; it just means that their role is changing. And while we all tend to dislike change, change can be just what we need.
Weber, however, adds that there’s no dispute that many older Americans need to continue working past the traditional retire- ment age of 65 to make ends meet. But more and more of them want to stay on the job because it provides them with a sense of contentment; working makes them feel that they have purpose.
Chip Conley, author of, Wisdom At Work: The Making of the Modern Elder would
Share the road with the youth of today and learn from each other. And if you love what you’re doing... Keep working!
Hastings Woodland
Albion Battle Creek Battle Creek Battle Creek Marshall Tekonsha
Jackson Jackson Napoleon Spring Arbor
COA Building Eagles Club
Theresa Lancaster Leona Rairigh
(269) 948-4856
(269) 367-4041
M-F 10am-2pm
M,W,F 10:30am-1pm
Faith United Methodist
Angela Soya
(269) 579-3918
Main St. Banqets
Jenny Burlison
(517) 213-9212
Meals provided by Barry County Commission on Aging. A program sponsored by Barry County United Way.
Coldwater Church of Christ
Alisha Carr
(517) 279-8249
Lunch Served at 12pm
Meals provided by Community Action Food and Nutritional Services. Funding sources AAA 3C, Branch County United Way, USDA, and private donations.
Albion Forks Senior Dining Center
Cynthia Rose
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 12pm
Clarence Township Dining Center Bedford Manor Dining Center Lakeview 900 Territorial Dining Center Westbrook Place Dining Center Heritage Commons
Tekonsha Community Hall
Mark Rice Billy Castle Karl Hoard Michelle Dove Kitty Knoll
Senior Health Partners
(866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (269) 558-6150
(269) 441-0948
M,T,W M,T,W,Th,F M,W,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th
10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 12-1pm
Lunch served at 11:45am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 12pm
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Athens Lighthouse Community Center
Senior Health Partners
(269) 441-0948
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Battle Creek
Cherryhill Manor Senior Center
Constance Siegel
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Springview Towers Dining Center
Eileen Worthington
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 11:30am
Homer Presbyterian Church
Senior Health Partners
(269) 441-0948
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Marshall House Dining Center
Deb Trescott
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 12pm
All sites have hot and cold meals. Meals provided by Senior Services SW MI. Funding by Calhoun County Senior Services, CareWell Services - AAA 3B, USDA, and private donations.
Grass Lake
Grass Lake Food With Friends
Annie Lavergne
(517) 788-4364
T, Th
Lunch served at 12pm
Crouch Senior Center
King Rec Center, Food with Friends Napoleon Township Hall
Spring Arbor Senior Center
Laurie Mead Laurie Mead Gail Jamieson
Shimone Glaspie
(517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364
(517) 750-1010
M,T,W,Th,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th M,T,W,Th,F
8am-4pm 10:30am-1:30pm 10:30am-1:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Park Forest
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
Michigan Center
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
Norvell/Township Hall
Gail Jamieson
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
To have your senior dining center added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1412 ext. 302 or Email:

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