COMING OF AGE OVERVIEW
Hi! I’m Pam Ramsden, Coordinator of Coming of Age and Coming of Age NYC, which seeks to inspire people 50 and over to live with passion and purpose, and is a leader in the positive aging movement.
How did we fulfill our mission in 2017? We published two monthly newsletters reaching 5,000 nationwide and nearly 1,000 in New York City alone. Our articles focused on ordinary people as well as professionals who are making a difference in the world by being engaged in stimulating work—paid or unpaid–contributing to their communities and connecting with others—peers, family and intergenerational populations. More articles of interest to older adults were posted on both the national and the local websites, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Coming of Age NYC offered 11 programs throughout the year, both monthly Networking Socials and special presentations on everything from meaningful activities after retirement, to managing stress, offering one’s gifts and talents in volunteer work, recognizing and combatting ageism, earning money to supplement Social Security, learning how technology can keep us wired, Medicare benefits, and voting discussions. We had 2 Networking Socials in an Irish pub and one at Senior Planet. We had fun raffling off our author’s books and Coming of Age logo giveaways.
We participated in Liz Krueger’s Senior Resource Fair and offered our signature program, Explore Your Future, 4 times throughout the year.
And what’s ahead for 2018? Bigger and better ways to enhance our materials and reach more people through social media. Expansion of the Explore Your Future workshops to Co-op City and the outer boroughs. More cross-promotion of events with our 11 partners and Circle of Care. Supporting and participating in the Radical Age Movement’s Age Justice Rally in May. And increasing our membership by raising our visibility, developing more affiliates and empowering, enlightening, enriching and energizing all older adults in New York City and beyond!