We have created a triad of words for growing older in America–active, engage and contribute. With 30 years added to longevity from beginning to end of the 20th century, these three words reflect the way an increasing number of nearly 112M people 50 and older (50+) in America should think about the second half of their lives. Enrich Life Over 50 (ELO50), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has been created as a Call to Action for this growing population segment, which owns or controls more than 70% of the country's total accumulated private wealth and accounts for more than 60% of the total annual consumer spending.
Active aging is more than continuing to be productively engaged in some form of work for pay on a full-time, part-time, or project basis. Here are some of the ways that people 50+ can take in being actively engaged, both for their own benefit and to contribute to the larger world. The initial purpose of ELO50 is to create a national network of 27 Chapters in major cities throughout the country for a maximum of 75 people 50+ each to focus on the Seven Pillars of Aging Successfully™: active engagement, social connection, physical fitness, healthy diet, adequate sleep, financial management, and spiritual well-being.
There will be a paid Chapter Head for each group, with four meetings initially scheduled in April, June, September and November, with responsibility for planning/organizing/chairing the four meetings; creating and managing a group limited to 75 members; helping to organize special-interest, self-managed groups on subjects selected by the members; creating and managing a website with access limited to members through user IDs and passwords; and organizing occasional workshops on subjects of particular interest like life-management planning and how to create a new business.
These Chapters will be developed over a period of six years from 2017 through 2022, with regional meetings and a national event as the Chapters expand. The driving forces for this national network are:
The annual membership charge will be $200 plus $100 if the spouse would also like to become a member.