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"Explore Your Future" - A Program of Self-Discovery for Older Adults

Posted: January 2, 2014

[Ed: For Extension educators and faculty with interests in working with older adults, I’d like to introduce you to Dick Goldberg (Director of “Coming of Age” at Temple University) and his “Explore Your Future” Train-the-Trainer program.]

The "Explore Your Future" program is a dynamic tool for helping older adults who want to do more with their lives, become more connected to their communities, and share more of themselves with others. This program is highly regarded in intergenerational specialist/practitioner circles, so I was thrilled to learn from Dick that he has recently run the program with University of Illinois Extension and is interested in further extending his work with Extension.

In the Train the Trainer workshops, participants learn how to facilitate a four-session program designed to help people age 50+ envision the next phase of life. As people think about their future, it's not just financial planning that needs attention. They want to consider what's most important and meaningful to them and begin to design a fulfilling life, filled with opportunities.

The Explore Your Future Train the Trainer workshops cover a range of proven techniques and activities for self-discovery. Once trainers learn how to facilitate the program, they will be able to help people explore:

  • Themes and patterns in their lives
  • What's truly energizing and enriching to them -- including dreams and aspirations not fully realized
  • Life options that synthesize their values, interests and gifts
  • "Next steps" to create the future they want.

The Explore Your Future program is presented by facilitators trained by Coming of Age staff. Coming of Age is a national age 50+ civic engagement initiative, housed at the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

If you have an interest in this work, you can contact Matt Kaplan (mailto: msk15@psu.edu) or reach out directly to Dick Goldberg (mailto: DGoldberg@ComingofAge.org; ph: 215-204-8585).