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WHETHER IT’S A DAY OR A WEEK, THERE’S ALWAYS TIME FOR A TRIP BY JON GALLO STAFF CORRESPONDENT “JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS OLDER AND DOESN’T HAVE THE MOBILITY THEY ONCE

had doesn’t mean they can’t have fun and experience something differently than someone who can put on their hiking boots,” Cathy Stokes, owner of Seniors On the Go Travel in Lawrenceville said. “Everyone has a bucket list and it’s my job to help them get where they want to go and make sure the have fun when they get there.” Stokes business caters to older adventure seekers and said as long as someone’s healthy enough physically and financially, he or she is never too old to see what the world has to offer. “My advice to anyone thinking about traveling is to just try it,” Stokes, a Lawrenceville resident who has been in the travel business since 1983, said. “Someone who is older may be hesitant to go on a group trip since they will be around a bunch of old people. But our groups have a lot of fun. And don’t be fooled by the name, we have all ages of adult travelers join us on trips.” Stokes spoke about the benefits of traveling while she was with a group on a week-long trip to Texas. The group had just stopped at the Texas Energy Museum on their way to the Alamo, where they would be given a tour before spending the rest of the day on their own, free to roam San Antonio’s famous River Walk. “I want to give everyone who goes on a trip with me my personal attention from start to finish so I make sure they have a great trip,” said Stokes, who has traveled to 47 states, with the only three she hasn’t visited being North Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. “When we go on a trip, I want to make sure everyone has plenty of free time.” Stokes, who has planned hundreds of trips during her 35-year career, said the advantage of purchasing a trip through a company such as the one she’s run out of Lawrenceville for the past 18 years is travelers don’t have to worry about very much. Transportation, lodging and going on tours with experienced guides are just a few of the details her travelers don’t have to worry about. Still, she makes sure that her travelers have plenty of time to themselves. It’s important when planning a trip that travelers take their mobility, overall health and financial situation into consideration. Stokes also makes sure everyone has a wonderful time, regardless of their limitations. For example, during a trip to the Grand Canyon, she ensured those who had trouble walking could use the paved path to the edge of the canyon so they would get a wonderful view.

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TOP 10 GEORGIA ATTRACTIONS TO ENJOY

While the Peach State has plenty of attractions for those seeking physically strenuous adventures, Georgia is also home to many sites people of all ages can enjoy. Here are 10 places that are pleasant experiences for everyone, regardless of age.

RADIUM SPRINGS, ALBANY:

CALLAWAY GARDENS, PINE MOUNTAIN: Just outside of Columbus, the 6,500acre living piece of art founded in 1952 is filled with trails, a man-made white sand beach, an enclosed butterfly habitat, a golf course and of course, the stars – flowers. More info: callawaygardens.com

DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND: Find your spot and relax and look out at the St. Simons Sound as the sun sets, casting beautiful hues as night falls. The beach gained its name from the pieces of driftwood and skeletons that are prevalent. More info: jekyllisland.com

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK: The 3,200-acre park features a Confederate Memorial Carving that depicts Civil War legends, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. History comes alive The carving measures as attendees explore three acres which dwarfs exhibits such as “Voice Mount Rushmore. For a to the Voiceless: The phenomenal view, take Morehouse College the cable car ride to the Martin Luther King top of the mountain, Jr. Collection,” “Rolls or if you enjoy a long Down Like Water: The upward stroll, you can American Civil Rights Movement” and “Spark always walk to the top of what’s the world’s of Conviction: The largest high relief Global Human Rights Movement.” More info: structure. More info: civilandhumanrights.org stonemountainpark.com CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, ATLANTA:

INDIAN SPRINGS STATE PARK, FLOVILLA: While the trails are easy to stroll, the star of the 528-acre park are its springs that offer a perfect spot for a picnic, a swim or a place to take off your shoes and wade while you find relief from the summer heat. More info: gastateparks.org/ IndianSprings

The springs have been around since prehistoric times and are one of the state’s greatest natural attractions. The springs, ATLANTA which pour out 70,000 BOTANICAL gallons of pure, fresh GARDEN: water every minute, is an ecological and Founded in 1976, the environmental park. 30-acre park adjacent While the Creek Indians used to bathe to Piedmont Park in the water, which remains a must-see were said to have every year since it’s healing powers, constantly evolving swimming is no longer by showcasing new flowers, exhibits and permitted. More info: exploresouthernhisattractions. More tory.com/ info: atlantabg.org

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME/COCACOLA MUSEUM, ATLANTA: Go Dawgs! War Eagle! Go Jackets! Roll Tide! At least all fans will agree that everybody’s favorite college team is represented throughout the interactive exhibits. If debating the merits of why your team is the greatest team on the planet makes you thirsty, head over to the Coca-Cola Museum. They’ll be happy to quench your thirst. More info: cfbhall.org and worldofcoca-cola.com

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GEORGIA AQUARIUM, ATLANTA:

One of the world’s largest aquariums is home to more than Founded in 1976, the 100,000 members 30-acre park adjacent of marine life and more than 10 million to Piedmont Park gallons of water. The remains a must-see every year since it’s more than 100,000 constantly evolving creatures represent by showcasing new more than 700 species flowers, exhibits and of fish and other sea creatures. More info: attractions. More georgiaaquarium.org info: atlantabg.org


TRAVEL

STATUE OF LIBERTY, NEW YORK CITY: France’s gift of friendship to the U.S. that symbolizes freedom and democracy was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886 and became a national monument in 1924. The statue, which is more than 305 tall from its base to the top of Lady Liberty’s flame, weighs 225 tons and is a must-see for anyone visiting the Big Apple. More info: nps.gov/stli/index.htm

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, KEYSTONE, SOUTH DAKOTA: More than three million people visit the mountain that features the carving of the 60-foot heads of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt that are surrounded by the Black Hills.  Be sure to eat the park’s ice cream, which is made from Jefferson’s recipe he concocted in 1870. More info: mtrushmorenationalmemorial.com

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.: Seventeen museums, galleries and a zoo make up this internationallyrecognized collection that contain art, relics and documents from numerous continents. There’s something for everyone, as the institution collectively houses about 140 million objects and works of art. The best part? They are all free, but be prepared to stand on line if you don’t arrive early, especially on weekends and during the summer. More info: washington.org/smithsonianinstitution-museums

FRENCH QUARTER, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Every day is a party in the oldest section of Crescent City, where some of the country’s best cuisine and outrageous spirits converge. People of all ages stroll the streets while marveling at the district’s architecture and local street performers and artists. Be sure to check out The National World War II Museum while you are in the Big Easy. More info: frenchquarter.com

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GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA:

Perhaps no natural attraction in America is as beautiful as the Grand Canyon, which is 277 river miles long, up to 19 miles wide and a mile deep. For those who have limited mobility, there are asphalt areas at the top of the canyon that provide stunning views. More info: nps.gov/grca/ index.htm

INDEPENDENCE HALL, PHILADELPHIA: Be sure to see the Hall’s Assembly Room, where George Washington was appointed Commander-InChief of the Continental Army; the Declaration of Independence was adopted; the design of the American flag was agreed upon; the Articles of Confederation were adopted; and the Constitution was drafted. It’s also a short walk from the Liberty Bell. More info: visitphilly.com

BILTMORE ESTATE, ASHEVILLE, NC: Other than the White House, is there a more popular residence in the country? At nearly 7,000-acres, YOSEMITE: the estate features gardens, dining, hiking and other activities. But its From its massive sequoia trees, to the centerpiece is the Chateauesquegranite cliffs of El Capitan and Half style mansion built by George Dome and to Bridalveil Fall, Mother Washington Vanderbilt II in the Nature is the star of the 1,200 square late 19th century that remains mile national park nestled in the the county’s largest privately Sierra Nevada mountains. More info: owned residence. More info: yosemite.com biltmoreestate.com

ALCATRAZ, SAN FRANCISCO: The boat ride across the bay to the once notorious federal prison provides plenty of terrific photo opportunities. But a trip to Alcatraz isn’t filled with stories about the convicts who once spent time there; it also includes visits to tide pools, gardens and bird colonies. If you’re hungry, stop for a meal at nearby Fisherman’s Wharf. More Info: nps. gov/alca/index.htm

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA: History buffs should make a beeline for St. Augustine. Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, this town in northern Florida is the oldest city in the U.S. The city’s seaside buildings and monuments, from the pedestrianfriendly St. George Street to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, act as a living guide to history. More info: visitstaugustine. com

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heila Warren, the health navigator for Women’s Services at Gwinnett Medical Center, urges older adults to stay away from the internet when it comes to choosing an exercise program. “Let’s just say I’m not a fan of using Google when it comes to your health,” she said. “If the internet says it is a good idea to do something, that’s not always true because the activity could lead to other problems. One of the biggest mistakes is older residents don’t consult with their primary health care provider before they start exercising or using supplements.” Warren, a registered nurse who is dedicated to guiding people of all ages and through all stages of health care experiences, said there’s more to living a healthy lifestyle than going for a walk around the block or refraining from tobacco. Warren said it’s imperative for anyone, especially those older than 50, to speak to a doctor before undergoing a lifestyle change. For example, a person’s heart, respiratory capacity and calcium and vitamin levels must be taken into account before determining

an exercise regimen. Senior citizens – or those over 50 – should be aware their bodies are no longer the ones they had as teenagers, so precautionary measures must be taken to avoid injury. Living a healthy lifestyle should also include undergoing regular hearing, vision and dental screenings for diseases. These preventative steps will allow ailments and diseases, such as cancer, to be diagnosed early, which increases the chances of them being remedied before they lead to other issues and consequences. Warren discourages anyone from using anything – especially weight-loss supplements – they see on TV without first speaking with their physician to determine if the product is a good fit for them. “Sometimes, people want to get into shape and they see something on TV and just try it and don’t know what the consequences could be,” she said. “As a general rule, you should always ask your doctor before you try something.” While Warren acknowledges everyone’s health is different, older people should try to consume between five and seven cups of water daily so they stay hydrated. If they haven’t exercised in quite some time, they should start with a low-impact workout

before progressing to more rigorous workouts. “Setting goals and milestones are good motivators and a way to measure progress,” she said. Staying active, whether it’s going for a walk or jog, is key. Exercise and consuming a nutritious diet are keys to a healthy lifestyle, which is achieved by becoming fit both physically and mentally. “If you can’t get out there and go for a walk, it’s a good idea to have some kind of hobby,” Warren said. “You need something that can keep your mind sharp, something that your mind can focus on, even if it is just playing with the grandkids. What you don’t want to happen is to become inactive. You need to stay active. Of course, you can watch TV but you shouldn’t be vegging out in front of it all day.” Warren, however, realizes that indulging in savory foods is part of life, so unless your doctor says otherwise, go ahead and have a few alcoholic drinks, some fried food or sugary sweets. “My rule with that is to do anything in moderation,” she said. “Moderation, not deprivation, is the best way to go.”

Tips for Staying Healthy in older years • Talk to your doctor before a lifestyle change • Get regular hearing, vision & dental screenings • Drink lots of water (5-7 glasses per day) • Stay off the internet when it comes to your health • Set goals & milestones • Stay active

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HEALTH FINANCE

MONEY SMART for Older Adults BY JON GALLO STAFF CORRESPONDENT

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arren Kubiak has two principles when giving financial advice to anyone, including those nearing retirement or those who have already called it a career. “First, you have to prioritize what is important and that’s different for everyone,” says Kubiak, the Founder & Retirement Wealth Strategist for Kubiak Financial Services, which is based in Gwinnett County. “Secondly, talk to a financial adviser for advice. They have knowledge and can create a strategy for you, even if you choose not to follow it.” Kubiak has been helping retirees and those nearing retirement create sound plans to sustain – and grow – their savings for more than three decades. “You should view your financial adviser like you would your lawyer, your dentist or your doctor,” he said. “They are professionals and there are good ones and there are bad ones. You have to find one you trust and develop a relationship with.” Kubiak stresses that there’s more to investing than logging onto the internet and buying the day’s hottest stock. “You always want to manage your risk and not just be looking at dollars and cents,” he said. Kubiak said it is also imperative to have a tax strategy. “You want to make sure you are paying Uncle Sam what he’s owed, but he’s not getting more than he should,” Kubiak, who has lived in Lawrenceville for 17 years, said. “What you end up paying in taxes is just as important as your return.” Kubiak said one of the biggest mistakes investors make is trying to do it all on their

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own, without consulting a financial adviser. “People tend to mistrust financial advisers because they’ve had bad experiences and they’ve lost money,” he said. The federal government is taking steps to assist senior citizens with their finances. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) said it improved its “Money Smart for Older Adults” curriculum that provides new information and resources to help older adults and their caregivers avoid financial exploitation through fraud and scams. “Money Smart for Older Adults” identifies common types of elder financial exploitation, such as scams and identity theft. It is designed to inform adults age 62 or older and their caregivers about ways to prevent, identify and respond to financial exploitation. The program also has information on how older adults can plan for a secure financial future and make informed financial decisions, according to the FDIC, which makes the program accessible through its website. It’s also never a good idea to sink one’s entire portfolio into one investment. “Everything should be balanced,” Kubiak said. “Sometimes, people just put everything they have into the stock market or a money market account that gives them a zero percent return and the reason they did it is because they didn’t know any better.”

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friendly, professional staff consists of two Horticulturists, six Georgia Certified Plant Professionals, two landscape architects, and a landscape designer. When you visit our store, you will meet experts who have the knowledge and passion for answering all of your planting questions. Our family has been helping gardeners and landscapers to plan, plant, and grow for more than 50 years. My father has always been an inspiration to our family and a prominent figure in the garden center community for decades. That is why we created the Pete Pike Museum, to honor his legacy and remind us all that hard work and family values are at the center of our

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JUDY JOHNSON: Lawrenceville mayor focused on the present with

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If there’s anyone who understands Gwinnett County’s past, present and future, it’s Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Johnson, whose family’s public service roots have extended for decades and have impacted millions – and probably millions more long after her days in office are over.

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Judy Jordan Johnson, who began her public service in perhaps the noblest profession of all - as a math teacher at Central Gwinnett High - has carried on her family’s tradition of serving the community. When Johnson became the county seat’s first female mayor in 2011, she was best known as the daughter of Rhodes Jordan, a beloved eight-term mayor who in many ways was the face of the county’s biggest city while in office, beginning in the 1970s. Now, Johnson, who ran for mayor after spending three terms on Lawrenceville’s City Council – the same body that once included her great-grandfather,


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Serving the people of Lawrenceville has allowed me to give back to the community in many ways. -Judy Johnson grandfather and father – has made a name for herself through her visionary leadership while remaining humble. “Serving the people of Lawrenceville,” she said, “has allowed me to give back to the community in many ways.” It’s nearly impossible to count. Johnson is currently overseeing an array of projects as part of a $100 million investment that will bolster the infrastructure of Atlanta’s secondoldest municipality while preserving the county’s seat and preserving its past. But she’s also embracing the county’s rich history through the Gwinnett Bicentennial celebration currently going on, which will end on Dec. 15 – the county’s 200th birthday. The year-long celebration consists of festivities and events, perhaps none more enduring than the torch relay, in which politicians, kids and adults will carry the LED-powered light throughout Gwinnett. The torch, which will be moved, on foot, to a new location on the 15th day of each month, will make stops at the county’s historical sites and city halls as its path is symbolic of the growth and development of the county, which has become the Southeast’s most diverse. “The Bicentennial celebration gave me an opportunity to create the ‘The Torch Run’ idea, allowing the past and the historical sites where the torch stands, to merge with the future, with runners from the different high schools,” she said. “The mayors from all cities are engaged in this run which is significant in that the cities comprise the county.” But Johnson’s legacy won’t be defined by the 200 miles the torch will travel before the county turns the big 2-0-0. It will be defined by how her administration transformed the county seat into the city it is today – a place

that’s mindful of the past, modernized for the present and poised for a prosperous future. The city, which has the secondlargest municipal budget in metro Atlanta at about $179 million, is focusing its efforts to improve gas infrastructure, building a corridor to connect Georgia Gwinnett College with downtown, relocating the Public Works Facility to West Pike Street, converting the Clayton Street/Perry Street from one way to two way to better serve downtown and improving roadway, sidewalk and drainage improvements along Park Place. “Planting seeds of revitalization with sizable projects in key areas of town ignites the redevelopment engine,” Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington said. “So, these projects create better opportunity for the areas around them to be ‘next’ so-to-speak. The city has also been strategically land banking key properties as a way to preserve those areas for the vision that has been set and is underway to being realized.” During the next five years, $1 billion will be invested to expand the Gwinnett County Courthouse, the Division of Child and Family Services’ facility, the Gwinnett Medical Center and the Aurora Theatre, among other projects. The public has been so supportive of Johnson’s administration that no one entered to run against the two city council members. Johnson, remains focused more on making sure Lawrenceville looks better when she leaves office than it did when she arrived seven years ago. “I want to be remembered as a mayor who was a public servant to the people and worked to make the City of Lawrenceville’s name known to all.”

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Gwinnett’s Red Hat Society has provided women from the Greatest Generation with unbreakable bonds. BY JON GALLO STAFF CORRESPONDENT


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t its core, the Red Hat Society – a social group for women at least 40 years old – isn’t just about dining together at restaurants, catching shows at the Aurora, playing miniature golf, taking weekend getaways to Gatlinburg, pool parties or trying to solve escape rooms. It’s also not just about wearing their iconic red hat with outrageous purple outfits, going to Disney World, taking hikes, attending ballet or cheering on the Harlem Globe Trotters at Infinite Energy Arena. “It’s more than all of that” agreed Co-Queens Le Sowell and Paula McGill. “Friendship is the biggest thing,” Paula said. Le added, “I know that any time I need something, I have 24 other women I can call and any one of them will drop everything and be there for me in minutes.” Sowell, a 70 year-old Lawrenceville resident, and McGill, a 63-year-old who lives in Snellville, are among the 25 members of perhaps the county’s most exclusive – and more importantly fun – social group. Known as Sassy Hattitudes, the chapter began in January 2004, when most of the women now involved met to form their own Red Hat chapter. Fifteen years later Sassy Hattitudes enjoys an exclusive, entertaining and informative event 12 times a year. Each month two women – called the Dutchesses of Coordination – make sure that month’s event is one to remember. The tradition endures, as the chapter meets every January to plan the next 12 events. “It’s not as easy as it sounds – it takes some doing to get a reservation for 25 at a restaurant,” said McGill, who has been involved in the chapter since its inception. The Co-Queens are proud of the fact that everyone in the chapter gets to plan something they want to do. Paula and one of her Sassy Sisters are already planning the Christmas event! This year’s events, a trip to Dausett Trails Nature Center, a tour of the Hindu Temple in Lilburn, among other events, serve as social outlets for the women, who are between the ages of 5082. For a few hours, their ages are irrelevant. Their problems and worries vanish, replaced by the laughter, friendship and most importantly, the unyielding love they have for one other. “We all have our bad times,” McGill said. “We have some members who have health or marital or financial troubles. But when we are together, we

LIFESTYLE have fun because we’re all with our best girlfriends who are all going through the same kinds of things. I’m 63, but when we’re together, I feel like I’m 23. These women lift me up.” The Sassy Hattitudes chapter is a part of the international Red Hat Society, which is “dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today’s culture and supports and encourages women to pursue fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment of lifelong dreams and fitness.” While any woman can become a member of the Red Hat Society, those under 50 must wear a pink hat with a lavender outfit until they are 50, when they have their graduation, known, of course, as a “reduation.” The Red Hat Society takes its fun-first mission – and its dress code – seriously, considering the organization is based on Jenny Joseph’s 1961 poem “Warning,” which is the society’s mantra: When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells And run my stick along the public railings And make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick flowers in other people’s gardens And learn to spit. Sassy Hattitudes is really more of a family than a sorority. Sowell, who said the group is open to helping other women in Gwinnett form their own chapters, doesn’t want to think about where her life would be without her Red Hat sisters. When a woman becomes old enough to join a chapter of The Red Hat Society, every day is more precious and can be challenging, which is why they need each other. While it’s easy to be a friend during a night of fun, it takes someone special who provides comfort at a hospice or support when a woman becomes a widow. “No matter what happens, we know whatever is going on in our lives we aren’t going to go through it alone,” McGill said. “We build each other up.” Want to start your own local Red Hat Society chapter? Contact www.redhatsociety.com or email Leilaraye@yahoo. com. G EN ER AT I O N S M AG AZI N E 19


LOCAL 50+ CLUBS / ORGANIZATIONS BEEKEEPERS CLUB OF GWINNETT Gwinnett Co. facebook.com/gwinnettbeekeepers BEST FRIEND CLUB Norcross • Senior recreation club (770) 717-0577 BOGAN GOLD WING CLUB Buford • Senior recreation club (770) 614-2060 DACULA RAINBOW CLUB Sugar Hill • Senior recreation club (678) 714-8854 EVERGREEN Senior recreation club (678) 277-0179 GENEALOGY STUDY GROUP Lawrenceville • Genealogy group specifically in the state of Georgia (770) 564-8822 genealogyingeorgia.com GEORGIA CHESS ASSOCIATION Lawrenceville • Dedicated to promote the game of chess in Georgia. georgiachess.org/clubs GEORGIA RUNNING CLUBS Gwinnett • Gwinnett running clubs welcome walkers and runners of all abilities and styles rungeorgia.com/clubs.html#Gwinnett GET UP & GO Senior recreation club (770) 822-5414

GRAYSON CYCLING CLUB Grayson • Bicycling and social club that rides multiple times per week in Grayson graysoncyclingclub.com GWINNETT AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY (GARS) Lawrenceville • Amateur radio club serving Gwinnett County gars.org/gars GWINNETT L.I.F.E Gwinnett • Gwinnett Co. Parks and Recreation offers a range of actvities, athletics and recreation for older adults (678) 277-0269 gwinnettparks.com GWINNETT SENIOR GOLDEN GAMES Snellville • The Georgia Golden Olympics is a statewide event for adults 50 years of age or older (Registration is in February / Games in March-May) gwinnettseniorgoldengames.org GWINNETT SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE Norcross • A fun and competitive way for men and women to stay fit! (770) 447-8592 atlantaseniorsoftball.com GWINNOTERS (GWINNETT HISTORY MUSEUM) Lawrenceville • Chapter of the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association (770) 822-5178 museumsusa.org/museums/info/1164820 H2U- HEALTH, HAPPINESS Lawrenceville • Local chapter that promotes health, wellness and safety for older adults (770) 982-2358 h2u.com

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HISTORY BOOK CLUB Lawrenceville • Discuss books relating to Southern or Georgia history (770) 822-5178 (Lawrenceville Female Seminary) JET SET OF NORCROSS Norcross • Senior adult fellowship group that provides members an opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy day trips (770) 448-4142 norcrossfirst.org/senior_adult JOY CLUB (JUST OLDER YOUTH) Lilburn • Offers senior adults the opportunity to take part in ministries such as Meals on Wheels, Summer Lunches, Family Promise, and Sager Brown Missions (770) 921-7747 harmonygroveumc.com/church-outreach LAWRENCEVILLE FUN TIME Senior recreation club (678) 277-0179

MEETUP.COM GROUPS FOR OLDER ADULTS Gwinnett • Hundreds of meetup groups for older adults are listed to fit your need (from social clubs to active groups to travel or hobbies) Meetup.com NORTHEAST GEORGIA CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE (GWINNETT HISTORY MUSEUM) Lawrenceville • Special interest group sponsored by the museum (770) 822-5178 www.museumsusa.org SIERRA CLUB/GREATER GWINNETT GROUP Gwinnett Co./Lilburn • Empowering Gwinnett citizens to build sustainable communities (404) 610-5770 sierraclub.org/georgia/gwinnett SOUTHERN WINGS BIRD CLUB Buford • Learn more about the birds in the area, share interests with the community and create habitats supportive of wildlife southernwingsbc.com/

LILBURN SENIOR COFFEE CLUB Senior recreation club (678) 277-0875 MCKENDREE UMC PRIME TIMERS Suwanee • Provides new service and learning experiences for older persons (education, faith-filled reflection, and cross-cultural appreciation in the context of Christian mission (770) 402-2927 umcmission.org

SUWANEE GOOD TIMERS Suwanee • Social club for individuals 55 and older (678) 277-0910 WRITER’S GROUP Norcross • Drop in and make new friends who share a passion for writing! Critique format; all genres (678) 277-0902

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PART-TIME JOBS for older workers

If you're over 50 and looking for work, part-time jobs are a great solution. Learn about the options. BY DAN WOOG MONSTER.COM CONTRIBUTOR

“Your company won’t always take care of you. So you’ve got to take care of yourself.” That sobering advice, from syndicated career advice columnist Jim Pawlak, is hitting home with an increasing number of men and women who were raised to believe that doing a job well translates into a lifetime of security but instead find that job security is rare.  Older workers are discovering this firsthand. Jobs for people over 50 are especially being sought out. The good news is that older workers may have fewer financial obligations than younger colleagues. Children are out of college, and homes may be paid for. For these men and women, part-time careers may be an answer, although it will probably mean taking a more junior position, because, as Pawlak notes, there are no part-time positions in management. Part-time jobs are more likely to be lower-level positions in industries like retail and health care. And even for these positions, older workers must still brush up on computer skills and evaluate whether they need to expand their skill sets. But with a bit of insight and creativity, older workers can land part-time jobs that provide stimulation and challenges—and pay more than minimum wage.

Flexibility can pay off

Steve Reilly spent three decades in information technology, but when work in that field dried up, he turned to real estate. He enrolled in the necessary courses, researched firms in his area, and sold himself as someone with both technical and organizational skills. “It’s different than getting paid for work every day,” he says. “But I love the challenge of helping people—not organizations—deal with problems.” Michael, who asked that his last name not be used, had to dumb down his resume to get work in a frame shop. Thirty years of hiring engineers and running MIS projects priced him out of similar work in a stagnant field flooded with younger, cheaper employees. So he turned to his earlier background as an artist, called himself a high school graduate and landed a job. His hours vary, but he’s made himself valuable because he volunteers to work any shift. He’s earning less than he once did, but he’ll soon be a manager. Dave Harrison and his wife, Marianne, were also looking for work. They weren’t laid off, but after retiring in their late 50s and moving to Florida, they wanted to work again. In their new community, they networked and asked everyone they met for advice. They applied for full-time positions. When granted interviews, they offered to work parttime to help prospective employers save money. Eventually, Marianne got her job as an aide in an academic office that way. Dave’s job as an assistant in the office of a youth sports organization was advertised as part-time. 22 GENERATION S MAGAZINE

The key is that “we took jobs where the tasks were less than we could handle, and the pay was less than we hoped to earn,” says Dave Harrison. “We knew if we got our foot in the door, we would earn our way to more responsibility and more pay.” They set a target of one year to prove to their employers that they could do more than they were hired for and should be compensated accordingly. They proved themselves indispensable. In less than a year, Marianne was managing logistics for a graduate MBA program while her husband became executive director of a 1,200-player program. “No one would hire us part-time at a salary we deserved,” he says. “We had to prove our value during the first year, and swallow our pride about wages.”

Advice for older job seekers Dave Harrison recommends a few strategies for older workers who are looking for work: • Examine all potential job opportunities, full-time and parttime. • Accept less-than-desirable assignments. • Give an employer more than expected. • Give an employer enough time to appreciate your contributions before asking for more compensation Could you use some help in the later years of your career? Check out Monster.com for free. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume and cover letter. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to find people with the work ethic, experience, and skills for top jobs. Get found and get to work.


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Prime Timers Pointe Senior Recreational Center making older residents feel

Right at

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t’s not the billiard tables, card tables, shuffleboard area, kitchen, fitness spaces, large stone fireplace you can sit around on a cold day or any of the other amenities offered at the Prime Timers Pointe Senior Recreational Center that drive older residents to congregate at the facility inside George Pierce Park in Suwanee.

“It’s the community they make here together and the friendships they make here,” said Pam Hoffman, the center’s recreational program director said. “Here, the best part is all the stories you hear. You hear about all of the great friendships that are made here and it’s cool.” Prime Timers, which is open to everyone 50 years and older,

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Here, the best part is all the stories you hear. You hear about all of the great friendships that are made here and it’s cool.

offers something for everyone. From playing pool to canasta to bridge and from playing volleyball to badminton to ping pong, there’s something for everybody, regardless of fitness level. The center’s group fitness classes are so popular they are filled to capacity, and the center’s book club, which is held in the facility’s lending library, is also heavily attended. “The book club isn’t just about one book, it’s more about getting together to discuss a topic,” Hoffman said. “In February because of Valentine’s Day, they discussed romance novels.” For older residents, it’s important for them to have people to talk to and form bonds of friendship, so it is not uncommon to see people conversing around the fireplace or on the patio. The center, which works closely with the senior center at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville, also provides specialists

to help seniors with their taxes during the spring. The center focuses as much on mental health as physical by hosting events such as a Hawaiian luau, a St. Patrick’s Day party and dances. Art shows, which feature the work of local artists and older residents who spend time at the center, are also held. “We don’t want anyone to come in here and feel alone,” Hoffman, a Lawrenceville resident who has worked at the center for 23 years, said. “We want everyone to feel comfortable.” The Prime Timers Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends.


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