Nonprofit works to help people transition into old age 

Megan McCarthy, the co-director of the new San Francisco nonprofit Coming of Age, works to help individuals age 50 and older to make rewarding transitions to the next stage of their life.

What is Coming of Age’s mission? We work to transform society’s notion of aging by demonstrating the valuable contributions and potential of people age 50-plus. 

Who does it target? We have two audiences: people age 50-plus and not-for-profit and public organizations that seek to utilize the skills and experience of those individuals to solve local challenges.

Why is this group needed and what role does it play in today’s society? Seventy-eight million baby boomers ... are anticipating retirement from full-time work. By harnessing the talent, energy and expertise of this diverse group, we can help communities or organizations reach people who have the skills and expertise to make a difference.  

What are some of the challenges baby boomers face? The sheer size of this generation makes them a major force, and they have reshaped social conventions at every life stage. Retirement is no different. While Social Security, Medicare and long-term care will likely be reshaped by the needs of this generation, so will the traditional concept of retirement.

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