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The Washington DC Chapter is pleased to bring you this extensive list of resources available to you as you build your next, best life.  These organizations represent all sorts of opportunities to learn and grow.  Please take a look.  If you know of an organization that we should add to this list, email us at

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Want to connect for transition support?

The Transition Network:  TTN is a nonprofit that creates inclusive communities for women 50+ in personal or professional transitions who are seeking new connections, resources and opportunities to grow and contribute.
The Life Planning Network,   You can find help in every different realm of life; LPN is a group of professionals who collaborate, learn and empower others to redraw the map of their lives and create a positive aging experience.

Want to learn?

Osher Lifelong Learning  
Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are based at 120 colleges across the USA.  Each provides an array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for adults aged 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning.  Classes are offered in global events, the arts, history, health science research, financial planning and more. Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education (ACE)
With over 1000 classes and 36,000 students, ACE is one of the largest adult education, non-collegiate institutions in the nation.   Enjoy the company of like-minded individuals as you learn a new skill, prepare for a new adventure in life, or simply add satisfaction to your day.
Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education
This program offers classes which can help you prepare for a career, professional licensure, or certification in your chosen field.
Professional Certification Programs - Georgetown University, DC
Featuring subjects ranging from business, finance, and marketing to policy and leadership, coaching and organizational development. Programs from 6 months to 2 years.
Take college classes for free!
Both Maryland and Virginia allow people 60 years or older to audit classes at public universities on a space-available basis at no cost.   There is no income requirement, but this program does not offer college credit. Road Scholar:
Road Scholar is non-profit focused on creating experiential learning opportunities.  Formerly called Elderhostel, Road Scholar includes 5,500 programs, dividing them into the categories of theme-based, inter-generational, outdoor adventures, service learning, adventures afloat, and independent city discoveries.
EducateVA is a program of the Virginia Community College System.  It is a statewide initiative to address public school teaching shortages throughout the Commonwealth.  It offers a 4-month, fast-track program allowing participants to earn a teaching license.
Glen Echo Classes
Classes in a broad array of visual and performing arts and crafts; artists studios, shows and programs.
The Art League, Alexandria, VA  
Classes in a broad array of arts and crafts; community shows and programs.

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Want to start a business?

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
The FCEDA holds free “Entrepreneurship 101” monthly workshops for individuals interested in starting a business in Fairfax County.  The workshops are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
Hosted by universities and partially funded by the US Small Business Administration, SBAs provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free consulting and low-cost training, including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, and healthcare guidance. SCORE:
SCORE (formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives) is nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs.  Mentoring is provided by both active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs who donate their time and expertise to assist new and established small businesses.

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Want to find a job?

40Plus of Greater Washington: - Career Transitions Skills Training programs; free speaker sessions

Senior Employment Resources:
SER is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing job searching assistance and resources to job seekers aged 50 and older.  
Jewish Council on Aging 50+  Career Gateway Program - Everything you need to know to get out and find a job; one week of training, with free post-program mentoring.
Held annually in both Fairfax and Montgomery County, these Expos allow mid-life and older job-seekers to network with area employers and community resource organizations, get a free resume review, and learn new job-search skills.  Dozens of employers with available jobs participate.
Werk:  Flexible jobs - a website for job-seeking members and employers
Retirement Jobs: identifies companies suited to older workers and matches them with active and productive mature adults seeking a job or project that matches their lifestyle.
Your Encore:
Helps find temporary consulting jobs for people with proven expertise to the life sciences and consumer goods industries.  
Pivot Planet:
Pivot Planet connects people looking to “pivot” from an existing career to a new one, by connecting you with expert advisers working in hundreds of fields.  The advisers provide one-on-one video and phone sessions—and some even offer the option of in-person mentorship.

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Want to give back and change the world?

Every county in the DC Metro area has an organization dedicated to connecting volunteers with deserving non-profit organizations.   Anyone looking to help build a better community should connect with one of these groups. RSVP
Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community.
Both Fairfax and Montgomery Counties have organizations which create leadership programs to build bridges between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  Each organization offers “senior” programs, specifically tailored to the needs of people nearing or in retirement. Fairfax County Government:
There are over 70 boards, authorities and commissions seeking citizen members to provide vital input.   If you are interested in joining any of these boards, contact your District Supervisor. 
Fairfax County Government Volunteering Opportunities:
Volunteers for Fairfax County contribute thousands of hours of services annually in more than 30+ program areas. It’s more than doing a good deed, it's a way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make professional contacts, socialize and, importantly, have an impact on your community.

Aging In Place:
At, our goal is to help seniors stay in their homes as they age, by providing their family members and caregivers with the resources to make better decisions. We strive to help you and your loved ones plan and prepare everything you need to live a comfortable, happy life as you age.
Volunteer Match:
VolunteerMatch is a national on-line service that brings good people and good causes together.
Hands on Network:
A project of Points of Light, the Hands on Network has 250 volunteer action centers to equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.
This portal helps people find volunteer work with natural and cultural resources agencies such as the US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers. 
Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps is not just for young people!   There is no age limit to joining and they encourage people over 50 to consider service. 
Generation to Generation:
A new campaign powered by designed to bring older and younger people together to make life better for all generations.   The website features organizations and opportunities to connect with young people.
Strive for College:
Strive is an online community where aspiring college students connect with dedicated mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid application process.
United Nations Volunteering:
The UN Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective.

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Want some great books to read?

Hagerty, Barbara Bradley.  Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife. New York: Riverhead, 2016.
Part memoir, part research overview, this is thoughtful analysis of how to thrive at midlife.  It draws from recent data in neurology, psychology, biology, genetics, and sociology to guide a new course forward in understanding our health, our relationships, and our futures.
Alboher, Marci. The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life. New York: Workman Pub., 2013.
The best and most comprehensive "how to" guide for individuals trying to plan their encore journey.  This book summarizes the encore movement, and answers—in extensive FAQ sections—the concerns of its readers, this book is everything you need to help you strike a balance between doing good and doing well--in a way that will sustain you through this new stage of life.
Julia Cameron and Emma Lively, It's Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond, Apr 19, 2016
Freedman, Marc. The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage beyond Midlife. New York: PublicAffairs, 2012.
A follow-up to the 2008 book, this is a more personal account of the people Marc has met during his encore research.  It also discusses how both society and individuals must adapt to encourage the pursuit of encore careers.
Jonathan Rauch, The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50, May 1, 2018

Farrell, Chris. Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Chris is an economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Next Avenue.  This book describes the history of retirement as a life phase and explains why it is about to be transformed, both for the benefit of individuals and society.
Live Smart after 50!: The Experts' Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times. Boston, MA: Life Planning Network, 2013.
Created by the Life Planning Network, 33 of the nations’ top experts in life planning and positive aging contributed to this excellent handbook.   It helps guide people though the choices they face planning their next life chapter and overcoming obstacles to achieving it.

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career, Herminia Ibarra, 2003
Understanding how our past patterns, iterative learning capacity and our evolving selves influence our search for meaningful work over time.

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults, Sara Zeff Geber, 201

Retiring Solo: Plan to Be Happy, Healthy and Independent in the Years Ahead, Lori Martinek, 2016

Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better (Retirement) Life by Elizabeth White, 2016; how to live with reality.

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Websites for Information, Well-being and Positive Support  News and information for people 50+.  Education and Information, products and services for people 50+  Positive aging advocacy  Creating a legacy of change The Taos Institute newsletter brings to light resources—from scientific research on aging, gerontology practices, and daily life—that contribute to an appreciation of the aging process.   OWL educates the public on issues affecting midlife and older women.
Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life:
Center for Healthy Minds
Center for the Advancement of Well-being

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Ted Talks  A collection of ted talks on issues and aspects of aging  Ashton Applewhite’s intelligent and amusing take on the challenge of agism.

Material from, 02:09:03 December 3, 2021.
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