National Newsletter - February 2016

The only path is the path forward.

When I meet the women of TTN, this is what comes to my mind.  They aren't wasting precious time regretting the past.  They are looking ahead to what's next and asking all the right questions. 

What's my passion?  How can I make an impact?  What can I do each day to lead a meaningful life?

Do these questions sound like we are looking over our shoulders?  Maybe in yoga class, but not in real life!

Read the articles below to see how our Board of Directors is leading the organization to new heights.  Find out how YOU can offer your expertise to one of the strategic planning committees and help move TNN forward.  And view the video testimonials of family and friends of Charlotte Frank - a woman who taught us all what it means to "make it happen."

February is the month of love and I, like you, love TTN!
A Message from Carol Oswald, Board President 2016  
Carol Oswald, former chair of the Central Ohio Chapter, was elected to serve as President of the Board of Directors of TTN.  She began her first term on January 1, 2016.  I'm sure you will join me in congratulating her and thanking her in advance for all the wonderful work she will do on our behalf.

Please read Carol's message to you, our members, as she assumes this new leadership role.    Read More...
TTN Signature Programs 
Last year, TTN developed the concept of Signature Programs.  The Board spent a lot of time considering what it meant for a program to be considered a "Signature Program," understanding that this is a unique and special designation given to content created, delivered and copyrighted by The Transition Network. 

TTN Signature Programs began with our unique Transition Peer Groups, where our members support one another in their transition journeys.  We then added our Women in Transition (WIT) Workshop which focuses on how to get the most out of the wide variety of transitions women experience after 50.  Later this year, the Program Development Committee will introduce a new TTN program on building resilience. 

A follow up to the 4-hour Women in Transition Workshop is also currently in development and will include guidance for subsequent conversations about managing the changes we all face.  There are plans for additional sessions in the WIT series but as yet, the Board has not approved any other programming to be designated as Signature Programs or part of the Women in Transition Workshop Series.

If you would like to schedule a WIT Workshop in your chapter, please contact the National Office.  We will coordinate with the lead facilitators to bring this wonderful program to the women in your area.

To read more about how Signature Programs were conceived and developed, click here.
Charlotte Frank - A Celebration of Life   
On Friday, January 22, the family of Charlotte Frank, one of the founders of The Transition Network, hosted a Celebration of Life.  People from all facets of Charlotte's life - family, friends, co-workers, and members of TTN, were invited to this gathering to share their memories of this amazing woman.

Charlotte's brother, Harvey Frank, started off the event with stories of this free spirit who loved to travel and collect unique art and artifacts.  He was followed by men and women who worked with Charlotte at the US Office of Economic Development and the Port Authority of NY and NJ.  TTN members Mona Kreaden, Mimi Grinker and Gail Rentch were invited to tell of Charlotte's visions that came to life in both The Transition Network and the Caring Collaborative.

Charlotte's showed us all what it means to never stand still.  She made things happen, pushed ideas forward and always had an vision she wanted to pursue.  How fortunate for us that she brought us all along with her on her rich journey.

Because of Charlotte, we are all connected.  What a legacy!

Click here to view the video of the speakers, and here to view the photos of this wonderful celebration of a life well lived.
Learn, Connect, Care
2016 ASA/BFA National Summit 

The State of Older People - Their Economic Security, Their Health

Did you know that more than 6.3 million older Americans live in poverty. That number is projected to rise significantly over the next 20 years.  Many Americans ages 65+ are economically insecure and struggling to find jobs to pay for housing and rising healthcare bills. Millions of older adults do not have sufficient income to meet their basic expenses.

Join former TTN Board Member Barbara Hoenig on Wednesday, March 23rd in Washington, DC at the 2016 National Summit of the American Society on Aging's Business Forum on Aging, "The State of Older People - Their Economic Security, Their Health." Barbara, who chairs the Business Forum on Aging, is a Senior Consultant for CVS Health and a past TTN Board member. The summit is being held during ASA's annual conference and is being sponsored by CVS Health.

Poverty hits some groups of older adults more than others. For example, among African American and Hispanic older adults, twenty percent are poor. And the impact of poverty is especially hard on older people who are unmarried or have limited education.

What are some of the causes for the recent growth in the economic insecurity of seniors? What measures can the business community, local governments, the federal government, foundations and community-based organizations that serve seniors do to support older adults in need?

At the Summit, hear from high-level presenters - Paul Nathanson (Justice in Aging), Kathy Greenlee (Administration for Community Living), Carolyn Colvin (Social Security Administration), Michael Marcus (The Jeanette and Harry Weinberg Foundation), Karyne Jones (National Caucus and Center on Black Aging), Lita Kleger (Experience Works), and Neera Tanden (American Center for Progress). 

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