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Support for Encore Careers

A growing number of organizations are working to leverage the talents of the 50-plus population:

Encore Fellowship programs can now be found in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Last year, for example, Intel began underwriting a $25,000 stipend for its soon-to-retire employees who wanted to transition into social service.

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Some cities are gaining encore-friendly reputations. San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., Minneapolis and Boston have partnered with local businesses and organizations to explore how to employ boomers.

Universities and community colleges are providing training and retraining for paid and volunteer work. Eighty-eight schools that are part of the American Association of Community Colleges' Plus 50 Initiative offer six-month to two-year certificates and degree programs for older students.

Boomers Leading Change in Health, in the Denver area, helps those age 50-plus test-drive the health care field. Since the program launched in 2010, more than 400 boomers have taken some training.

Life Reimagined is a major new AARP initiative designed to help people explore what's next in their lives. Created in collaboration with experts in personal development, aging and social change, the program features resources, tools, coaching services and ways to connect with like-minded people.

Next page: Meet 4 real Life Reimagineers and learn how to become one yourself. »

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