“A Massive Elder Corps Is Just Waiting to Be Helpful”

“A Massive Elder Corps Is Just Waiting to Be Helpful,” by Ken Dychtwald, NextAvenue



“In the 47 years I’ve been studying aging, older adults and retirement in the U.S. and abroad, I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of confusion among retirees regarding what they should be doing with their newfound decades of free time. Different than our grandparents who imagined they’d only have a couple of years post-work before their expiration date, it’s dawning on many of us that we now need to reimagine our lives, restructure our time and maybe even find a new purpose. … Just as the Peace Corps  was conceived and activated by JFK and Sargent Shriver 60 years ago, it appears that an army of new older helpers — a massive elder corps — is just waiting for the opportunities, infrastructure and social nudge to get them going.”

LTC Comment, Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform:

I joined Peace Corps at age 22, but I’m not likely to join and elder corps a half century later. Why? Found my calling as many have. But for the rest, maybe an organization to bring them together, support and target their efforts makes sense. Hopefully, that could happen with as little government involvement as possible as everything government touches seems to turn to dross.