man reading folderWe envision that people’s “golden years” are enriched by opportunities for encore careers and meaningful volunteer work in the community. In an age-friendly community, increasing numbers of people return to the workforce after retirement, if they desire, to assume new roles and careers.

Some reinvent themselves by learning new skills and pursuing their passion and dreams as entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, others are able to continue working due to flexible work options offered by their employers.

In turn, employers value the benefits of an intergenerational workforce and are able to retain the “wisdom inventory of their experienced older workers.”

Individuals are volunteering their skills and services to the community and enjoying the benefits from volunteering, including a sense of self-worth, of feeling active, and maintaining their health and social connections. Honolulu will have a strong volunteer infrastructure in place with resource centers that match organiza- tions with people who share similar interests, and offer training and education to effectively lead and manage volunteers.

There is an abundance of social networking activities that bridge new friendships and community inclusion.