Civic Engagement Of Older Adults

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Presented at the Older HealthCare Workers Conference co-hosted by Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health)

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  • 1. Options for Low Income Older Workers Presented byMs. Gayle Gamauf-McCoyVice-President Senior Services & National SCSEP Programs

2. About National Able Network

  • National Able Network, Inc., is a nonprofit agency working to serve individuals, families and communities by bringing together qualified job seekers and businesses.

3. About National Able Network

  • Able was founded in 1977
  • Able is a special advocate for mature workers
  • Able serves more than 40,000 clients (each year) who are seeking:
    • Employment Counseling
    • Training
    • Immediate Job Placement

4. About National Able Network

  • Our Mission
  • To enable people of every age and skill level to get back to work and life.

5. Our Beliefs

  • Mature workers provide a valuableresource to the needs of themodern workforce.
  • Mature workers bring a wealth ofexperience to the workenvironment.
  • Mature workers can be positive rolemodels for younger workers.

6. Aging Workforce Challenges

  • What are some challenges that our mature workers are facing today?
  • Maintaining independent living
  • Accessing employment and benefits opportunities
  • Confronting myths surrounding older workers
    • Cant adapt
    • Uncomfortable with technology

7. Aging Workforce Challenges

  • Volunteering - Serve America Act
  • Pulling networks together
  • Mobilizing older adults for advocacy and human rights

8. What is SCSEP?

  • The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is an employment training program that is federally funded under the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

9. What is SCSEP?

  • SCSEP is designed to be used in conjunction with other programs and services which are provided by public, private, and not-for-profit agencies.

10. History of SCSEP

  • SCSEP helps mature workers by providing
    • Training to improve job skills
    • Training to improve job searchskills
    • Short-term subsidizedemployment at a host (training)site

11. History of SCSEP

  • The Senior Community Service Program (SCSEP), Title V of the Older Americans Act, is a product of President Lyndon Baines Johnsons War on Poverty campaign of the 1960s.

12. History of SCSEP

  • SCSEP was designed to address the needs of mature adults seeking employment due to:
    • Loss of employment
    • Economic changes

13. History of SCSEP

  • Many older workers may find themselves
    • With outdated or obsolete jobskills
    • Joining or returning to theworkforce after many years ofhomemaking

14. Demographic Considerations

  • 55 years of age or better
  • Qualifying level of income
  • Willingness to provide community serviceand attend training
  • Willingness to develop a personalizedIndividual Employment Plan (IEP)
  • Willingness to complete skills assessments
  • Currently unemployed

15. Able Staffing Resources

  • More than 20 years in operation
  • Designed to address the needs of older workers who fall through the cracks of eligibility for government safety nets
  • Process: locating workers, assessing their skills and connecting quality workers with businesses who need them

16. Blended Learning Model

  • Studies show Hands-on, computer-based training plus instructor-led classroom training
  • Enhances the learning experience and retention in technology based learning
  • Facilitates assessment processes that discern holistic needs of an individual and skill levels

17. Achieving Impact via Training

  • Stay on message encouraging older workers to relax, and let go of anxiety about tackling new skills and ideas.
  • Assure older workers that there is nothing to prove; their life accomplishments more than offset any lack of skills.
  • Offer a variety of training topics appropriate to their needs.Computer Skills for the Workplace, being the most obvious.

18. Achieving Impact via Training

  • Empathy which produces patience in the delivery of Training Arts
  • Create setups for success rather than failure
  • Many older workers have experienced frustration and humiliation accessing services from traditional providers
  • Provide hope and optimism and an increase in self-esteem