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Staying engaged as we age

As we live longer and healthier lives, our concept of retirement is changing in often unexpected and exciting ways. Workers who have spent decades acquiring the knowledge, experience, and skills to excel in the workplace are increasingly unwilling to stop just because the calendar shows they have turned 65.

Others are deciding they want to pursue a personal passion by shifting to what some call an “encore career”—a term used to describe work in the second half of life that combines continued income, greater meaning, and social impact.

However, continuing to work later in life is not always a choice. Many need to work for financial or other reasons, and some need to update their skills or retrain to find jobs in our rapidly changing economic environment.

In many communities, local colleges, universities, or other private organizations provide a variety of courses, degree programs, and other training opportunities designed to help people remain in the workforce and/or pursue an encore career as they age.

As a grantmaker, you can play a crucial role in supporting efforts that help older people learn new skills that help them compete and excel in the workforce. Local support is also needed to help people make transitions to encore work and help social sector employers tap this rich talent.

For more information about how to incorporate aging and older adults into your grantmaking around related to work, voluntarism or civic engagement, please see the boxes below.

For quick links to each of the main sections in All Together: GIA’s Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

GIA thanks Judy Goggin, former vice president of, for her contributions to this section.

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Getting Started

First steps if you are interested in funding work and transitions programs.
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Retooling And Retraining

See ways some funders are supporting technology and job training programs.
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Encore Careers

Learn about “encore careers” and the positive impact they make.
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Additional Work & Transitions Information

A list of helpful websites and resources.
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