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Domain 6: Work and Civic Engagement

Tools and resources for working within the "8 Domains of Livability" to create livable communities for the benefit of older adults and people of all ages

Why does work need to be an all or nothing experience? An age-friendly community provides ways older people can (if they choose) continue to work for pay, volunteer their skills and be actively engaged in community life.

The following list of resources — from AARP and elsewhere — relate to Domain 6 of the "8 Domains of Livability." The content is categorized into three groups by level of difficulty, with the first group generally being the easiest reads for people new to this work and the third featuring deeper, data- and policy-heavy papers and reports.

Introductory and Easy-to-Use Resources

  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
    As the nation's oldest program helping low-income, unemployed people age 55+ to find work, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) matches eligible older job seekers with local nonprofits and public agencies so they can increase their skills and build self-confidence while earning a modest income. Based on their employment interests and goals, participants may also receive supportive services and skills training through an educational institution. The SCSEP experience most often leads to permanent employment. (AARP)

  • Tax Aide Locator
    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax return assistance and preparation service. People in need of services or wanting to volunteer can search for a Tax-Aide location by entering an address or zip code into this online tool. (AARP)

Tool Kits and Comprehensive Overviews

  • AARP Resumé Kit
    Job-seekers of any age can find tips for writing a winning resumé, including a list of resumé action keywords, examples of three types of resumés and advice for how to write an up-to-date resumé that will capture an employers’ attention. (AARP)

  • Livability Fact Sheet: Economic Development
    Livable communities both save and make money — and they're very good for business. This fact sheet explains more about the financial benefits of creating walkable, bike-friendly, livable and lively and downtown communities. (AARP and the WALC Institute)

  • New Guide, New Destinations: A Handbook for Job Seekers to Navigate Out for Long-Term Unemployment
    Finding work takes work. This handbook is about taking action by working in smarter ways to find a job after an extended period of unemployment. (Deloitte)

In-Depth Reports, Policy Papers and Analysis

  • A Business Case for Workers 50+: A Look at the Value of Experience
    A follow-up to a report done in 2005, the 2015 business case report confirms that workers age 50 and older are a critical component of a high-performance business. Contrary to common perception, due to shifting trends in reward and benefit programs, older workers do not cost significantly more than younger workers. In fact, adding more older talent to a workforce results in only minimal increases in total labor costs and those incremental costs are often outweighed by the experience, professionalism, work ethic, lower turnover and knowledge-base that older employees provide.

Published Summer 2015. Compiled by Katelyn Dwyer and Joseph Cheatham.

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