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Tell Your Story

Students of all ages and skill levels can enjoy learning video production from pros at WHYY's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons. View available courses.


Stories of Dad
This Father's Day, give your Dad a gift the whole family can enjoy. Bring your Dad to WHYY and conduct and interview for a video your family will cherish for years. Gain hands on experience shooting video and conducting interviews while you share a great conversation with your parent. Leave with a video keepsake.

Register for Stories of Dad Course »
Saturday June 16, 2012 from 1:00:-3:30PM


Lifelong Learning

Central Senior Services at the Parkway Central Library presents free public programs designed for lifelong learners.  For information call (215) 686-5331 or visit http://libwww.freelibrary.org/senior/index.cfm

Central Senior Services

Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103



Recent Events

Successful Aging Festival

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 9am-4pm

Stockton Center on Successful Aging

The Richard Stockton College of NJ

101 Vera King Farris Drive

Galloway, NJ

WHYY's Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of Voices in the Family, Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden and Willo Carey, Executive Director, Wider Horizons participated in an exciting day of panel discussions, lectures, tours and music.

Watch Nurturing Body, Mind and Spirit, the panel discussion moderated by WHYY’s Dr. Dan Gottlieb.


Moving into Retirement

Coming of Age presents Boomervision!

What's Next in Your Life? Options for Redefining Retirement

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Join the conversation about "next steps" in your life with an extraordinary panel of professionals and individuals who will share strategies about transitioning and ways to contribute in your community whether working or volunteering.
Moderated by Nancy Henkin, Executive Director of Temple University's Intergenerational Center, the panel includes Civic Ventures Purpose Prize winners Dr. Marilyn Gaston and Dr. Gayle Porter, who are empowering mid-life African American women to improve their health through creating Prime Time Sister Circles; Barbara Quaintance, AARP's Vice President of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Involvement, who will explain her organization's resources for those working and volunteering; and John Baker, a banker who has followed his passion and transitioned to a second career. Following the discussion, Dick Goldberg, National Director of Coming of Age, will lead a group exercise to help people envision the next phase in their lives. Register for event »

This event has been made possible by:


Related: What Is Retirement, Anyway? NPR.


Creating a City of All Ages in a New Age

Monday, May 9, 2011, 8:00am-4:30pm

Join us at WHYY and satellite locations for a think tank summit to examine the great contributions of all generations and how Philadelphia can become a cutting-edge city maintaining its populations of all ages. Sponsored by the Mayor's Commission on Aging and the offices of Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., with keynote by Dr. Rev. Mayor Wilson Goode, Sr. WATCH THE ARCHIVE!



Boomervision!® Francine Russo:
How Siblings Can Deal with Their Aging Parents - and Each Other

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WHYY's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons,
150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA

6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Welcome and Program begins
8:30 p.m. Dessert reception and booksigning

If you or your siblings are caring for aging parents, you're in a tumultuous new life-passage: Caregiving, Medical help, Legal decisions, Death. Your siblings can be there for you like no one else--or they can drive you crazy and make everything harder. How can you make your family work now?

Francine Russo, the author of They're Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy, will talk about your relationship to your siblings, your parents (and yourself) as you deal with eldercare and all the family issues it raises. She will suggest ways to better communicate and win support when siblings are in different places, geographically, emotionally, or both.

The evening will continue with a conversation with the audience.

Funding for the 2010 series of Boomervision!® is provided by:

Boomervision!® Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro:
Coming Home to Yourself

Monday, September 27, 2010

WHYY's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Coming Home to Yourself explores the many meanings of home to women as they age. Home can be a physical place, an emotional space, or an activity where you can be yourself without masks or airs and be known for who you are. It is a haven within where you feel comfortable, safe and content: your internal and external selves matching, your inner and outer voices becoming one. Drawing on her own experience and the stories of women she interviewed for her book Coming Home to Yourself: 18 Wise Women Reflect on Their Journeys, author Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro will discuss the many paths that women choose to come home to their true selves. Join her and her special guest for an evening of discussion and reflection.

Funding for the 2010 series of Boomervision!® is provided by:

Boomervision!® Gail Sheehy: Passages in Caregiving

Monday, June 7, 2010

WHYY's Technology Center, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Best-selling author and baby boomer expert Gail Sheehy shares her story and offers invaluable guidance and advice for all of us trying to take care of our parents or support a partner through chronic illness. Her new book, Passages in Caregiving, addresses the needs of this enormous and growing group, and her Boomervision!® presentation will answer questions and provide insights for turning a stressful, life-altering situation into a deeply rewarding period in our life journey.

Coming of Age

Boomervision!® Social Entrepreneurship

Monday, May 4, 2009

6:30 p.m. doors open for Dessert Reception

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. program

WHYY Technology Center

150 North 6th Street, Philadelphia

Free to WHYY and AARP Members;

$15 for non-members

After career-building and professional growth, many of us begin to look beyond the bottom line for ways to enrich our lives and leave a legacy. Social entrepreneurship harnesses business acumen for profit and for good - the perfect way to pursue one's personal agenda while achieving social goals. So whether you're taking stock, looking ahead, or starting anew, learn from a panel of experts who went into business to make it - and who made a difference.

Moderated by Richard J. Anthony, Sr., Founder of the Entrepreneurs Network and Managing Partner, The Solutions Network. Panelists include:

  • Richard Caruso, Ernst & Young's 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year, Founder of the Uncommon Individual Foundation; Chairman, Integra LifeSciences
  • Donna Allie, President and Founder, Team Clean
  • Don Hinkle-Brown, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Sister Mary Scullion, Executive Director, Project H.O.M.E.

Boomervision!® is presented by Coming of Age, a partnership of WHYY Wider Horizons, the Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and AARP Pennsylvania.

Funding for the 2008-09 series of Boomervision!® is provided by:

What's Next: Jewish Boomers Look to the Future

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 7pm


Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, Director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and author of Jewish Visions for Aging , will moderate a panel of prominent community leaders who will reflect personally and professionally about the uncharted territory ahead as they, and their Boomer peers, enter a new life phase:

  • Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert, Associate Professor of Religion and Women's Studies, Temple University
  • Mark Aronchick, Attorney and former chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Harris Steinberg, Architect, PennPraxis, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ken Ulansey, Musician, world traveler and lapsed psychologist
Coming of Age


Religious Perspectives on Aging

Thursday, February 19, 2009

6:30 p.m. doors open

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. program

WHYY Technology Center

150 North 6th Street, Philadelphia

Free to WHYY and AARP Members; $15 for non-members

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of WHYY-FM's Voices in the Family, will moderate this provocative panel and community dialogue on life transition presented by Coming of Age at WHYY.

Explore Religious Perspectives on Aging and the insights and inspiration of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Muslim faiths to help answer some of life's most challenging questions.

Coming of Age


Starting Your Own Business In Today's Economy

Wednesday, November 17, 2008

Is now the right time to start or buy a business? Are entrepreneurs born or created through circumstance? Are there ways to predict success or failure? What are the steps in starting my own business? Richard J. Anthony, Sr., founder of The Entrepreneurs Network and Managing Director of The Solutions Network, Inc. will moderate a panel including:

Steven M. Goodman , Partner, Morgan Lewis
Andrew Toy, Director of the Retail Resource Network, The Enterprise Center
Robert Adams , Partner, NextStage Capital, L.P.
Leslie Benoliel , Executive Director, Philadelphia Development Partnership

Coming of Age


Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free
Meet author Gail Rentsch (pictured on the left), and Christine Millen, President of The Transition Network, the women behind the book Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free. Hear inspiring stories rich in practical advice on how to navigate through this complex stage of life and create exciting new opportunities.

Coming of Age

Creating a New Life Together: A Makeover for the Midlife Couple

Wednesday, February 13th
WHYY Technology Center
Diet, weight, stress and other lifestyle issues affect mood and intimacy. Addressing these challenges thoughtfully and creatively can help midlife couples achieve a better life overall. Are you and your significant other looking to add a spark to your relationship. Join us at the next session of Boomervision! to learn some innovative new ways to rediscover each other and become partners in health and longevity.
Daniel Monti MD and Anthony Bazzan MD, of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, present ways to repair and nourish the "hardware" that runs the body and will teach creative behaviors and lifestyle to reinstall the "software" that programs the mind and body.

Coming of Age

You Are What You Create
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
A moderated discussion with four of our area's most insightful minds about creative ways to approach being 50+:

  • Mary and Ken Gergen, co-editors of the Positively Aging Newsletter, on creative questions to ask yourself in order to live an effective and vibrant life.
  • Mary and Ken Gergen, co-editors of the Positively Aging Newsletter, on creative questions to ask yourself in order to live an effective and vibrant life.
  • Imam Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller on mining your spiritual dimension to enrich your life's meaning.
  • Storyteller Irma Gardner-Hammond on the purpose and power of telling your life story.
    Moderated by Coming of Age "Explore Your Future" Guide Chris Robertson.