Discovering What's Next®
Discovering What's Next (DWN) is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to engaging
adults 50+ in the creative exploration of their next life stage. For those seeking to
remain productive, contribute to their communities and maintain vibrant lifestyles,
DWN offers information, inspiration and involvement. It serves communities in the
greater Boston area and the surrounding region.
DWN is a network of people, programs and community partners. Volunteers and
participants drive the topics addressed by programs, which range from encore
careers to finding balance and fulfillment in the second half of life. DWN is a
connector, identifying community resources for participants to benefit from.
Four program tracks consist of Work, Service, Balance and Realities (finances,
health and other factors that mediate life decisions). Peer mentors, called
Transition Navigators, offer one-on-one guidance to participants. Our resource
center, called the DWN HUB, and website offer a place to find books, web links and
other materials to support exploration and discovery.
Programs include Transition Talks (open-agenda conversations on transition
issues), MeetingUps (small-group meetings on a range of relevant topics),
workshops and forums, author talks, and Ask the Expert sessions, in which
participants get personal help with employment coaching, volunteer opportunities
and social networking tools.
Discovering What's Next was founded in 2002 by Carol Greenfield in response to an
outpouring of community interest. It began at the same time as the Life Planning
Network and over the past eight years, the two organizations have worked together,
both formally and informally, to support common goals.
Devra Simon, Executive Director
225 Nevada Street, Room 104
Newton, MA 20460
Boomers and Beyond Special Interest Group (SIG)
Interactive teleconference call: Meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
The Boomers and Beyond SIG was founded in May, 2007 by Dorian Mintzer, Ph.D. It is an interdisciplinary special interest group for professionals who are either in the boomer and beyond age group themselves and/or work with clients in this age group. The intent is to bring together "kindred spirits" who want to explore together aspects of positive, creative and successful aging and how these issues relate to ourselves as well as application to our clients.
Relevant issues and/or books are discussed and frequently outside speakers make presentations as a "springboard" for the discussion. Participants are from around the country as well from Canada and Europe. The group is free, other than the cost of a telephone call. The calls are recorded, but active participation is encouraged. There is a Yahoo group that accompanies the SIG.
There is also a blog (www.boomersandbeyondblog.com) set up to be a discussion forum for some of the SIG topics. Over time the blog will be used to summarize SIG discussions.
SIG founder, Dori Mintzer is a member of LPN. Many of Boomer and Beyond SIG members are also LPN members. Membership in LPN is encouraged, but is not a requirement for involvement in the SIG.
The Boomers and Beyond SIG has become a great way for many LPN members to stay connected through the conversations. LPN meetings and the Positive Aging Conferences also provides a great way for SIG members to meet in person.
Dorian Mintzer, Ph.D.,
If you're interested in becoming part of the SIG please either email Dori at firstname.lastname@example.org
sign up for the yahoo group
When you sign up, please include a brief bio. After your membership is approved you will have access to the Yahoo group and SIG.
Association for Integrative Financial and Life Planning (AIFLP)
The Association for Integrative Financial and Life Planning is comprised of individuals who share a vision of a better kind of
planning that encompasses both financial and non-financial issues in an integrated way.
While we acknowledge that ideas along these lines have been in the air for some years now,
and that progress has been made in some areas, we also perceive that much remains to be done,
both in developing planning tools and methods that are comprehensive and integrated,
and in promoting awareness and use of such tools and methods.
AIFLP is an informal voluntary association, with no membership fees, and was conceived in 2007
when a group of financial planners, life planners, academics, writers, trainers, financial product providers,
software developers, and other interested parties, agreed on the need to advocate for more integrative (holistic)
planning models and practices.
Three years later, AIFLP has roughly 160 members across the United States and in several foreign countries.
AIFLP publishes The Integrative Adviser, a quarterly e-publication distributed free to members, which contains articles of both theoretical and practical interest, as well as a listing of recent publications and other resources of interest.
AIFLP operates as an organization complementary to and in cooperation with LPN. AIFLP has collaborated in the design of the LPN member database, and is currently completing a 16-month project in partnership with LPN developing a collaborative model for integrative (holistic) advising.
Conscious Aging Alliance
The Sage-ing Guild, launched in 1995 following publication of Reb Zalman's book, From Ageing to Sage-ing,
envisioned an alliance of like-minded organizations. It began investigating the work of various organizations, and extended
invitations to those whose missions resonated with that of the Guild.
Within a few months, the Conscious Aging Alliance was a reality.
The Conscious Aging Alliance is comprised of several organizations, including the Life Planning Network, that are making a positive contribution
to a new vision of aging. Information about each of these organizations is below:
Click here to see the Alliance's schedule of upcoming events and services provided.
Click here or scroll below to see all of the organizations in the Alliance.
The Center for Conscious Eldering
The Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado,
is dedicated to supporting the development of conscious elders.
We do this by offering our signature Choosing Conscious
Elderhood rite of passage retreats, introductory workshops by
invitation from churches, retreat centers and other groups,
Coaching for Conscious Living and Meeting Ancient Wisdom
pilgrimages to meet indigenous elders. We serve those in and
approaching the elder third of life who seek passion, purpose,
growth and service as they age.
An important aspect of our uniqueness is that we use the power
of nature to support your growth as an elder. It is in the natural
world that we can most easily remember that which is authentic
and natural in ourselves, and thus gain clarity and vision for how
we can best thrive and contribute in a world urgently in need of the wisdom and gifts of conscious elders.
Our retreats, workshops and pilgrimages all involve significant time spent outdoors in inspiring natural
settings. Our Founder and Director, Ron Pevny, is author of a book based upon our unique approach to
conscious aging, to be published by Beyond Words in 2014.
Contact: Ron Pevny, Founder and Director
Fierce with Age
The Online Digest of Boomer Wisdom,
Inspiration and Spirituality is a free digest featuring daily and
bi-weekly summaries and excerpts of the best writing about
spirituality and aging for Boomers on the web. The Digest
recognizes the boom in quality aging and spirituality content
for, by and about the Boomer generation.
Editor-in-chief Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., a Boomer generation expert and author of 21
books with a doctorate in religion, cites the growing number of
websites and books on the subject, as well as the increasing
visibility of spiritual content on Boomer, aging and spirituality
websites. In addition to the Digest, Fierce with Age offers selfguided
online retreats on the subject of spirituality and
aging. Dr. Orsborn also serves as executive director of
CoroFaith, which provides access via any web-based device to a customized audio library of spiritual and
religious content for individuals in the aging and healthcare communities.
Contact: Carol Osborne, Editor-in-Chief
Gray is Green
Gray Is Green is a national non-profit focused on the possibility
for older adult Americans to offer distinctive benefits to our
society in response to unprecedented ecological challenges.
These benefits may range from block-votes for a variety of policy
changes to mass market demands for sustainable living choices
in housing, food, transportation, healthcare and urban design.
Gray-Greens possess unique gifts for adaptive response.
Such include a wealth of generational responses to war, economic
collapse, epidemics, and political upheaval, together with
individual responses to parenting, managing businesses, leading
organizations, voting, volunteering, meeting worklife challenges,
enjoying the wonders of nature and culture, and more. Following
decades of environmental change - for better and for worse -
and now witnessing the cumulative environmental legacy
modern society is leaving to our children and grandchildren,
Gray-Greens hear the call to action and reflection.
We invite to our network individuals and organizations open to the distilled wisdom and environmental
passion of older adults. In response to the longing for authentic inter-generational accountability expressed
by Gray-Greens, we help foster a beneficial response. All are invited to sign up at
http://grayisgreen.org for our periodic email updates and news items for sustainable living and environmental advocacy.
The site also offers unrestricted access to our archive of information resources and a link for donors.
Legacy of Wisdom
The Legacy of Wisdom project is dedicated to creating a vision of "wise living and aging." It’s founding was
generated through the work of Ram Dass, Rabbi Zalman Schachter, Jay Goldfarb, Tom Valente and Roshi
Joan Halifax. Other supporters have been Mary Catherine Bateson, Bob Atchley, Rick Moody, Al Kaszniak
A growing library (200+) of "video
answers to key questions" from some of our most
respected generation leaders is available in our archive
We keep it simple to provide an easier avenue
for understanding, limiting interviews to just 22 questions
in five main areas of aging: Mission and Fulfillment;
Aging Lifestyles and Relationships; Health and
Healthcare; Legal and Finances; End of Life
Legacy of Wisdom also publishes its findings from conferences and workshops with inspiring elders which
we sponsor. Global in perspective and multi-generational in reach, we know that living wisely can occur at
all ages. Courses for the United States are currently being developed for 2014. We welcome visits to our
library, Comments and suggestions are always welcome and valued.
Mankind Project Elders
The Elder Body of the ManKind Project (MKP) is made up of hundreds of members over age fifty who
have formally declared themselves as elders. The mission of the elder body is "To awaken and nurture
intentional eldering by teaching and mentoring." When a member becomes a "declared elder" he is
announcing to the community that he is living the second half of life intentionally. We believe that this
intention includes being a source of blessing, an advocate for Earth, a mentor and a wisdomkeeper.
The manner in which the elder body of MKP accomplishes its mission is through four practices:
- Certified ritual elders guide a circle of elders at each
new member initiation weekend in creating an
maintaining a sacred container for the weekend
processes led by other men we call "leaders."
- Once a man joins he is encouraged to join a
support group. There are hundreds meeting all over
the world. Some are made up entirely of elders and
most have a elder or two as members.
- In each of our regions (Canada, USA, Germany,
France, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and
Australia) annual conferences are held by the
elders which we call Gatherings.
- Individual elders do personal work by taking classes based on a seven stage life path we call the Elder
Memorial BrainWorks is a department within Memorial Hospital of South Bend,
Indiana, and an affiliate of Beacon Health System. Our philosophy is that brain
health is the single most determining factor in how we live. The quality of how
our mind functions drives the ability to remember, learn, relate, think, experience,
contribute and enjoy life like we want today and for all of our tomorrows. Making
brain-healthy lifestyle choices is an investment in long-term mind and body
Memorial BrainWorks received an American Society of Aging/Metlife Foundation
2013 MindAlert Award in the category of Mental Fitness Programs for older
adults for our program called Grandbuddies. Our Sage-ing Center, one of the
vitality programs offered through the BrainWorks Wisdom School, is devoted to
promoting understanding of how personal growth and development can continue
as we grow older. We do this by providing webinars and, by invitation, on-site
educational programs around the country.
One of our best known services is our weekend program, offered at sites across
North America, to train Sage-ing Circle Facilitators. We also reach out to
younger people to encourage lifestyles that will support healthy aging in their
years ahead. We want people of all ages to know that there is an upside to
The National Center for Creative Aging
(NCCA) was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and
to developing programs that build on this understanding.
The process of aging is a profound experience marked by increasing physical and emotional change and a heightened search for meaning and purpose.
Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
The arts can serve as a powerful way to engage elders in a creative and healing process of self-expression, enabling them to create works that honor their life experience.
Recognition Rites for a New Vision of Aging
Recognition Rites is a program founded by Dr. Tom
Pinkson that shifts attitudes about aging and older people
to the position of respect and reverence that mature
cultures demonstrate with their valuation and socially
integrative use of their elders. It offers a unique blend of
ancient and contemporary knowledge that is the result of
Dr. Tom Pinksonâ€™s forty years of work bridging cultures,
traditions, belief systems and peoples. Recognition Rites
offers hope and a call to action, in a most timely and
Recognition Rites bring people of diverse background and
belief systems together for an event that helps break down
barriers of separation between races, ages, religions and
social class. They build community. They foster greater
appreciation of diversity, of older people, of how love and
appreciation enrich all our lives. Recognition Rites serve as
a seed and stimulus for others in attendance to create celebrations for meaningful elders in their own lives.
Contact: Dr. Tom Pinkson, email@example.com
Sage-ing International is an organization with the mission of helping to change our society’s current belief
system from aging to sage-ing - that is, from simply becoming old to aging consciously. We believe that the
wisdom and gifts of conscious elders is urgently needed
in today’s world, and sage-ing supports the
development of such elders. Sage-ing is both a
philosophy and a set of psychological and spiritual
practices, originally developed by Zalman Schachter
Shalomi, that support living with passion, purpose,
inner growth and commitment to service as we age.
We train and support a network of Sage-ing Leaders
who transmit the wisdom of sage-ing through
workshops, elder circles, and other educational and
personal growth programs. Through our website, we
offer a free six-month Associate Membership which
provides access to valuable resources for individuals
wanting to do their own conscious aging work while
encouraging others to do likewise. We also conduct a
robust public education program using a wide variety of
social media, and are committed to collaborating with other like-minded organizations.
Second Journey is among a small number of emerging social-change
organizations helping birth a new vision of the rich possibilities of later life,
- to open new avenues for individual growth and spiritual deepening
- to birth a renewed ethic of service and mentoring in later life
- to create new model communitiesâ€”and new models OF community -
for later life, and
- to marshal the distilled wisdom and experience of elders to address
the converging crises of our time
Captured in the shorthand of our logo...Mindfulness, Service and Community in the Second Half of Life
We pursue this mission through publications, including our quarterly newsletter, Itineraries,
and occasional book releases; through workshops and Visioning Councils with their focus on the challenges of Creating Community in Later Life;
and through the rich resources on our web site.
Elder Spirituality Project of Spirituality & Practice
The Elder Spirituality Project of Spirituality & Practice provides resources for elders’ spiritual journeys through SpiritualityandPractice.com,
a multifaith website with a large wisdom archive containing articles on spiritual practices; book, film, and audio reviews; book excerpts; profiles of spiritual teachers;
small group programs; collections of quotations, and more.
The Project launched in 2013 with a series of interactive e-courses led by spiritual teachers known for their insights into the spiritual blessings and challenges of later life.
To keep the e-courses affordable and easily accessible, they are delivered by email.
Participants then create virtual communities in the online "Practice Circles" where they share their experiences.
The Elder Spirituality Project will be expanded in the fall of 2013 with a special section of the website for curated content, including program plans for small groups of
elders in different settings; reviews of recommended books, DVDs, and audios for and about elders; and a database of quality-of-life spiritual practices for
elders from all religions and spiritual paths.