BACOA’s Age-Friendly Initiative is a coalition of local government, business, community and nonprofit
organizations, working together to ensure that the Barrington area is a
safe, livable and welcoming community for all ages.
The initiative was created in 2007, when the BACOA Board of Directors realized that the characteristics of its current service population – typically older, frailer seniors – will change significantly in the next decade, as the Baby Boom generation turns 65. Consequently, the services and other support they require will be different.
The current focus of the Age-Friendly Initiative’s Leadership Council is on volunteer opportunities
and workforce development for older adults. Among the initial programs that council has developed or is working on:
- “Starting from the Middle” – A half-day workshop that focused on alternatives to full-time paid employment, targeted to people 50 years of age and older.
- A survey of local nonprofits to help share information about volunteer opportunities for older adults, as well as about potential volunteers.
For more information on the Age-Friendly Initiative, please call BACOA at (847) 381-5030.
Age-Friendly Leadership Council Members:
- Karen Darch Village of Barrington
- Rose Faber Barrington Area Library
- Dicie Hansen The Dicie Edge
- Sarah Hoban Barrington Area Council on Aging
- Peer Lykke
- Leslie Luther-Jeschke Barrington Area United Way
- Rosemarie Mitchell ABS Associates, Inc.
- Janet Meyer Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
- Mark Mrozinski Harper College
- Julie Parsons Allstate Insurance Company
- Joyce Palmquist Barrington Area Council on Aging
- Jody Paine Community Volunteer
- Debbie Villers Community Unit School District 220
- Julie S. Zuidema Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
- AARP provides a wide range of resources and research including information on livable communities, older workers, and volunteering.
- BarringtonArea Chamber of Commerce promotes the Barrington-area business community through economic opportunities, advocating the interests of business, and providing members with education and resources. It also includes a job-search page on its Web site.
- CareerPlace is a Barrington-based volunteer-driven, nonprofit agency dedicated to helping people develop job-search strategies and skills, and conduct effective job searches.
- Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative provides resources on volunteering and careers for adults over 50, as well as information on health, leisure, housing and other areas.
- Civic Ventures is a national think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. Among its programs are: Encore.org , which provides news and resources for individuals establishing encore careers; Experience Corps, a national service program engaging adults over 55 as tutors and mentors for elementary school students ; and The Next Chapter, an initiative providing directions and connections for people who want to make a difference in the second half of life. Civic Ventures has also published Looking for an Encore Career? The Guide to Finding Work That Matters, available as a downloadable pdf.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Web page for the 50+ entrepreneur includes advice on getting started, business possibilities and resources.
- HandsOn Suburban Chicago serves both volunteers and nonprofit agencies. Its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is aimed at adults age 55 and over who want to use their life experience and skills to help the community.
- VolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit that helps link volunteers with nonprofits. It includes resources for volunteers, nonprofits and corporations.
- “The Silver Tsunami.” (The Economist)
- “Calculating How Much You Need For Retirement” (Chicago Tribune)
- “Working in Retirement: A 21st Century Phenomenon” (Families and Work Institute)
- “If Baby Boomers Stay in Suburbia, Analysts Predict Cultural Shift” (Washington Post)
- “Lost Knowledge: What Are You and Your Organization Doing About It?”(TLNT)