Archive for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Coalition plans Baby Boomer county survey

December 18, 2008

A coalition of nine local organizations is conducting a community survey of people ages 45 and older to learn how they plan to live and work in the next stage of their lives. The Wyandotte County Boomer Survey is part of The Next Chapter Initiative for Wyandotte County, funded by the Jewish Heritage Foundation and the George H. Nettleton Foundation.

The Collaborating Partners for the project that make up the coalition include the Civic Leadership Training Council; Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce; Kansas City Kansas Community College; Kansas City, Kan. Public Library; Landon Center on Aging; Shepherd's Center of Kansas City, Kan.; Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.; United Way of Wyandotte County; and Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging.

Karen Hostetler, project director of the initiative and former executive director at Shepherd's Center of Kansas City, Kan., said that national surveys suggested that the "baby boomer" generation was approaching traditional retirement years differently than previous generations. Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers number 78 million nationally.

"There are over 42,000 baby boomers in Wyandotte County, and we want to know if people are thinking about new careers, job training, learning a new skill, participating in learning for personal enrichment, or ways to get more involved in their community," Hostetler said.

All people ages 45-70 who live, work or volunteer in Wyandotte County are encouraged to take the 10-minute survey either on-line at www.shepherdscenterkck.org or by filling one out at the Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kan. Public Libraries. The results are anonymous and will be used to develop community strategies and programs that will assist people to successfully navigate this transition in their lives.

For more information, go to The Next Chapter Initiative Menu on the Shepherd's Center of Kansas City, Kansas Web site or contact Karen Hostetler at (913) 281-8908.

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