Have you ever noticed how society seems to expect people to become “invisible” as they age? This is definitely true for people who have reached retirement age. But, even if you are in your 60s, you may feel the way that people treat you at the office starting to change. Encore.org wants to change this!

One problem is that our perceptions of aging as a society have not kept up with the modern reality. People in their 60s today are living dramatically different lives than just a few generations ago.

We are not the tech-phobic, conservative dinosaurs that we are often made out to be in movies. We are dynamic and willing to learn new things. Many of us would like to continue working well into our 60s or 70s. All of us have dreams and passions that we would like to explore.

We Need More Sites Like Encore.org!

This is why I am so glad that organizations like Encore.org exist. Encore’s mission is to “tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.” They understand that baby boomers are already a powerful force for positive change in the world – and we have the potential to do so much more!

What I like most about Encore.org is that they are reframing the discussion about aging. Rather than seeing aging as a problem to be avoided or a feared, they see it as a time to be embraced and leveraged. If you have followed my writing on Sixty and Me, you know that breaking aging stereotypes is one of my biggest passions, so, I’m glad to be in good company!

If you have never heard of Encore.org before, I highly encourage you to go check them out today. Tell your story about how you are reinventing your life and making the world a better place. Find out about their Purpose Prize for “people over 60 who combine passion and experience for social good.” Read more about Encore.org on their blog. I’m sure that you will appreciate their work as much as I do.

What do you think of Encore.org’s work? Do you think that life after 60 should be a time to be celebrated and appreciated, not feared? Are there any questions that you would like me to ask them? Please join the discussion.

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