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learn a new skill and to create a plan, or find an employer, to bring their new skills to the community.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job- training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low- income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers.
SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities,
including schools, hospitals, child care centers, and senior centers. The program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid
the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities
for participants.
Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income
of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to Veterans and qualified spouses, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system.
SCSEP grantees include state agencies and 19 national non-profit organizations. For more information on SCSEP programs in your area call America’s Service Locator Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627).
For those not qualifying for this service area colleges offer free or reduced classes
to seniors. Lifelong Learning programs offer unique learning experiences and reduced rates are offered to members.
Local job-training programs offer special assistance with finding just the right opportunity for you. On-the-job training might also be provided. Finally, the internet, YouTube and even personal experience
and experimentation are great ways to learn new skills.
In years past it was commonly thought that this delay in retirement might be leading to an increase in chronic disease at the workplace. In an effort to confirm this repeated theory National Health Interview Survey data from 1997 through 2011 was pooled for adults aged 65 or older. The data was carefully examined for an association of older adults’ health status with their employment/ occupation and other characteristics.
The results were clear: employed older adults had better health outcomes than unemployed/retired older adults.
The results were exactly the opposite of what was expected. The published study took it even further and stated that older workers are a valuable addition to the workplace because they are on average
just as productive as, are more careful and emotionally stable than, and have lower rates of absenteeism than their younger counterparts. Furthermore, employed older adults tend to be healthier, both mentally and physically, than their nonworking peers. In fact, the more physically demanding the occupation the lower the risk of poor health outcomes suggesting a stronger healthy worker effect.
The final conclusion was that a strong association exists between employment and health status in older adults beyond
what can be explained by socioeconomic factors (e.g., education, income) or health behaviors (e.g., smoking). Disability accommodations in the workplace could even encourage longer employment among older adults with limitations.
So what does this mean for you and I? Working up to and beyond the year of collecting Social Security is not the detriment that we all assumed it was but rather can be the very catalyst for healthier aging. In fact, working helps the senior stay mentally and physically healthy. By keeping active it has been shown to impact, and possibly delay, the onset of age-related diseases such as dementia. Furthermore, staying active helps you to feel younger longer.
One’s occupation helps determine brainpower into old age, study says.
Working beyond the traditional
retirement years can be both financially
and personally rewarding. But there is no substitute for planning so you can do the things you hope to do such as travelling, volunteering or simply spending time with the grandchildren. It may surprise you that most people actually stop working three to four years prior to the time they intended
so realizing that as part of your retirement strategy may be helpful. At the same time,
if you want to continue working then there is great evidence to support the value to both you and your future employer should you choose do so.
Sources: Kachan D, Fleming LE, Christ S, Muennig P, Prado G, Tannenbaum
SL, et al. Health Status of Older US Workers and Nonworkers, National Health Interview Survey, 1997–2011. Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:150040. DOI: working-after-retirement.
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You’ve read about it, seen it on TV, heard about it from friends...
Your loved one has wandered off and you’re scared for them.
When you register a person with the Help Home program they can be identified visually, by phone number, by address, or even by name. With the
emergency contact information provided, authorities can bring them back home without an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. Take the time to
register your loved one today and feel the relief of knowing that you are giving emergency services one more tool to return them to you.
The Help Home program is maintained by the Calhoun County Dispatch Authority. The information is immediately accessible when you call 9-1-1.
To register contact them at (269) 781-9703 or (269) 781-9701 today.
The Help Home program
is a voluntary program
whereby a person with
dementia or their loved one,
can register emergency information with the
Calhoun County Dispatch Authority in order to be returned home quickly and safely if lost.

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