A New Direction

Increasingly, Baby Boomers are seeking new opportunities to participate in their community through paid work, volunteer work and civic engagement. Social gerontologist, Dr. Suzanne Cook, an adjunct professor at York University and Trent University, and owner of Carpe Vitam says “there is a radical shift taking place with an expansion of our working lives and re-imagining of retirement, combined with a demographic shift to an aging society.”

Automatic retirement by age 65 is becoming passé as more people need or want to work longer. Longevity is playing a key factor in the re-imagining of what retirement means.

Dr. Cook coined the term 'redirection' to refer to the new stage of life as individuals seek their next challenge and transfer their skills, experience and talents into a new direction. In fact, redirection is an alternative to retirement.

Redirection Lab

Dr. Cook returns to the Innisfil IdeaLAB & Library Lakeshore Branch to offer a 6-part workshop series on later life transition and occupational changes. A different topic will be covered each week to help participants explore and redirect into new roles that are personally meaningful.

As a participant, you will:

1.   Apply the redirection process to your life to streamline the transition into a new direction.

2.   Map who you are now and reflect on who you are becoming in this next phase of life.

3.   Explore and research work and volunteer opportunities that offer personal meaning and rewards.

4.   Assess where you want to use your skills in the community to meet your needs.

5.   Build relationships with potential community partners to maximize impact.

6.   Develop an action plan for your redirection to meet your objectives.

Come and find your next challenge. Space is limited.

This six-week workshop series begins Saturday September 22nd, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participant fee for the 6-week series: $79.00 plus HST.



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