Category Archives for Retirement

Libraries Serving Older Adults through Community Partnership with Nancy Walton-House and Wendy Pender

Some library systems are changing their approach to better serve older adults. In this interview, you will learn how the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State is participating in and initiating community partnerships with individuals and organizations. You will learn how the Aging Well Learning Community was a key influence in this movement. You will learn how other community organizations have become partners as well. At the present time, KCLS offers abundant programs on positive aging and welcoming meeting places that support the community.

In this program, you’ll learn:

  • The story of the Aging Well Learning Community
  • The development of the KCLS Older Adults Program
  • The definition and practice of community partnership
  • The engagement of KCLS community partners and implementation of Older Adults Programs

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Libraries Serving Older Adults through Community Partnership

Speakers: Nancy Walton-House, founder of Aging Well Learning Community and Wendy Pender, Older Adults Program Coordinator at the King County Library System in Washington State

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About Nancy Walton-House

Dr. Nancy Walton-House is a semi-retired counseling psychologist and organization development consultant. She is an alumna of Seattle University, the University of Washington, and the Organization Systems Renewal Program. She is a trained facilitator with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. She taught in 4 universities, worked in seven medical centers in clinical and organization development roles, and consulted with multiple organizations. She founded the Aging Well Learning Community in 2009 and continues to lead it today. The community meets monthly for an interactive program focused on positive aging with consciousness, courage, and contribution. Members select by consensus a variety of literary, music, and art projects for their programs and is hosted by the King County Library System hosts these programs.

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About Wendy Pender

In addition to her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, Wendy Pender has a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and is a trained facilitator with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. She has over 25 years of experience as a librarian and branch manager, and now serves as Older Adults Program Coordinator at the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State, one of the largest and busiest library systems in the U.S. In 2016, the Urban Libraries Council honored Wendy at its annual conference in Kansas City as one of the recipients of a 2016 Top Innovator Award.

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How to Live Forever with Marc Freedman

How to Live Forever is a deeply personal call to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us. In writing How to Live Forever, Marc Freedman set out to answer three critical questions:

  • With so many living so much longer, what do the increasing years beyond 50 mean?
  • How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive?
  • How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short?

These are big questions that invite us to explore how we live our daily lives. Freedman found insights by exploring purpose and generativity, digging into the drive for longevity and the perils of age segregation, and talking to social innovators across the globe bringing the generations together for mutual benefit as well as his own mentors.

In this program, you’ll discover how to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us.

About Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman, the President and CEO of, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Under Marc’s leadership, has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems. Programs such as Civic Ventures, Experience Corps, Discovering What’s Next and the Life Planning Network are a few examples of programs that have been sparked by Marc’s vision.

He was a visiting fellow at King’s College, University of London and a visiting scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15. Marc is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent commentator in the media. He was named a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation and is the recipient of the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He co-founded Experience Corps, mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities, and spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life.

Marc is the author of several books, including his newest book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, focusing on bringing older and younger people together for mutual benefit and the greater good of society, which will be published by Hachette Book Group in November 2018.

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Emotional Planning for Retirement with Louise Nayer

Though most people spend countless hours doing financial planning for retirement, how many people do emotional planning? Retirement is a huge transition, and it’s important to think not only about how much money you’ll have, but also how you will create the kind of life you want.

Whether you are about to retire, newly retired or have been retired for a long time, it’s never too late to talk openly about how you feel and the difficulties and joys of retirement.

In this program, you will discover the importance of articulating anxieties about retirement, including:

  • Making the Decision
  • Fears of Isolation and Losing a Community
  • Fears of Losing Your Identity
  • Trusting Yourself
  • Fears of Getting Sick
  • Calming exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy and fulfilling retirement

About Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer grew up in New York City, received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin and later a Master of Arts in Humanities from SUNY Buffalo where she studied with poets Robert Creeley and John Logan. In 1976 she put all her belongings in a ’68 Camaro and moved to San Francisco where she dedicated her life to writing and teaching.

She is the author of five books, most recently Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen. She kept a journal for the five months before she left her community college teaching job and wrote about the importance of emotional planning for retirement. That book also offers calming exercises to help people through that time. Her book, Burned: A Memoir, was an Oprah Great Read and winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Award. That book chronicles the devastating effects of an explosion in Cape Cod that burned her parents when she was four years old and left her mother facially disfigured. That book outlines the lasting effects of child-parent separation. She has also written for OZY and the San Francisco Chronicle and has been interviewed in Forbes Magazine.

She is a long-time educator and member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. She teaches memoir classes at the Grotto, through OLLI at UC Berkeley and works with people individually. She has given readings of her work at universities and bookstores all over the country and has been interviewed widely on radio including on NPR. She has two grown daughters and a step-daughter and lives with her husband and dog, Ella, in Glen Park in San Francisco.

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Happy July 4th

independence dayI know that summer officially began in June–but July feels like the beginning of “the two summer months,” especially for those of us in New England.  Summer seems so short and passes very quickly.  Have you made any plans together? Apart? It’s hopefully a time of relaxation, celebration and fun. I hope all of you will have time to enjoy it–together as a couple as well as with family and friends. If you’re not ” on the same page” regarding planning,  it may be a good time to set up some goals and  action steps. For example, each of you could list one or two things you’d like to do this summer. It  might be fun if each of you takes the initiative to plan an activity for both of you.  Look at the calendar and pick out two dates–you can plan one and your partner another. This is part of what we refer to as “funwork” in our book.  These two dates could be a start and perhaps lead to some additional time together as well as some time apart. Other ideas could be as simple as some nice evening walks, a pot luck dinner with friends, watching a movie and spending time talking about it, day trips or some other travel  or any other pursuit that you might enjoy. Fun activities aren’t necessarily expensive activities.

I’m currently on a mini-vacation. I’m part of an inter-generational neighborhood/community. For many of us, when our kids were young we had fun 4th of July celebrations–and “older neighbors” as well as those without children usually were part of it. We’re now the “older neighbors” and decided to create a celebration for the families with younger kids.  We’ll start the day with coffee and donuts with sprinkles followed by a 4th of July parade. The kids will decorate their bicycles and pets.  Some of the “older” community members will be the costume judges.  One will bring his trumpet and we have copies of songs so we can all sing.    It may sound a bit “ corny” –but we’re all looking forward to it.  The kids are so excited and the “older of the olds” are also excited with their role as judges. We’re planning to have some relay races and other fun activities –for adults and kids after the parade.  Heavy rain is in the forecast so this may all be postponed for a day or two until the weather settles.  I mention it since maybe you can think about something similar in your neighborhood.  Whether or not you have children or grandchildren- community building is good for all of us.  Enjoy July 4th and the rest of the summer!