July 2019 Issue Highlights

Articles: President's Notes *** A Note of Gratitude*** AROHE Interim Director *** Attracting and Retaining Retirement-Age Employees College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) *** Oklahoma State University Retiree Survey

Resources and Trends: Financial Insecurity: Major Concern for Women Approaching Retirement *** AARP Resume Service for Older Workers *** 2018 Profile of Older Americans *** New Report Highlights Ways to Develop and Sustain Spaces that Serve Young and Old Together *** Safe at Home: Fall Prevention Tips

 Come Join Us In Transforming Retirement ***Tell Us Your Story *** About AROHE

President's Notes

Greetings to all,

Summer is finally here, and bringing sunshine and great news our way! We are pleased to share that Sue Barnes, former president of AROHE, has joined our leadership team as AROHE’s interim executive director effective July 1. 

Among her numerous career achievements, Sue led the Council of University of California Retiree Association’s (CUCRA’s) first-ever comprehensive survey concerning the post-retirement activities and contributions of University of California’s retired staff and non-Senate academics. This impressive survey - https://tinyurl.com/yysuvfsk - was one of the recipients of the inaugural 2018 AROHE Innovation Award presented at our last conference hosted at Emory University.

Please join us in welcoming Sue back to AROHE in this new capacity. We’re so thrilled to have her join us as we continue to pave the way in elevating the voice of retirement organizations in higher education. (See the following article for more information about Sue.)

But wait, I’m not done. There’s more great news. Your Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Tenth Biennial AROHE Conference will be hosted by the Emeritus College at Arizona State University (ASU) in the Fall of 2020. Dr. Joseph Carter, Dean of the ASU Emeritus College and Bill Verdini, past Dean of the ASU Emeritus College and AROHE president-elect send you a "warm" welcome from Arizona now, and look forward to hosting you at a beautiful time to be in Arizona in 2020. Specific dates and hotel details will be available later this summer.

I’m truly excited and proud about all the great work that is underway to better serve our members. Our committees have been extremely active in developing new initiatives, and I would also like to invite our readers to consider being part of this exciting journey ahead. If you’re interested in serving on one of our committees, send me an email.  There’s a place for everyone to make a meaningful difference.

And don't forget to tell us about your interesting and exciting programs. AROHE colleagues value learning from each other. Feel free to share the newsletter with your organizations' members and friends and /or get a free subscription for anyone by sending an email request to info@arohe.org

Best wishes to all for a safe and healthy summer ahead!

Trudy Fernandez

President, AROHE

A Note of Gratitude

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we wish to thank Dr. Janette C. Brown for 14 years of relentless service as AROHE's Executive Director. We are deeply indebted for her leadership, service and commitment throughout the years supporting AROHE's endeavors to help transform retirement in higher education. 

To honor her exemplary dedication, the AROHE Board has conferred the title of Executive Director Emerita effective July 1, 2019.  Please join us in thanking Dr. Janette D. Brown for her service to AROHE. We look forward to staying connected and her continued involvement with the AROIHE family.   

AROHE Interim Director

As mentioned in AROHE President Fernandez’ message, Sue Barnes has joined AROHE as interim executive director. She recently retired as the director of the UCLA Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center and is happy to continue serving AROHE in this new role.

Sue has been involved with AROHE since 2010, when as the new director of the UC Davis Retiree Center, she attended her first AROHE conference at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. As she tells it, “I stepped out of a conference session to take a phone call and when I stepped back into the room I had been nominated as the AROHE president-elect!”

Besides serving as president 2012-2014, Sue has served on the Membership Committee and Communications Committee and is the current chair of the Research and Education Committee. “I owe so much of my professional growth and development as the director of two different UC retirement centers to the collective knowledge of my AROHE colleagues. When I started at UC Davis, I didn’t even know what the term “emeriti” meant, but with AROHE’s support I was able to build strong programs that integrate retirees into the fabric of daily campus life and afford them strong support by the university administration.” Please join the AROHE board of directors in welcoming Sue in her new capacity.

Attracting and Retaining Retirement-Age Employees College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)

As the U.S. labor force ages and low unemployment rates hold steady, higher education is facing a shortage of skilled workers. The Baby Boomer generation is beginning to retire in record numbers. However, many retirement-age employees are wrestling with the question of when to retire, and many would like to continue to work in some capacity beyond traditional retirement age.

This webinar by CUPA-HR:

  • Examines the labor projections and statistics in the U.S. in the next 10 years
  • Explores why higher education should hire and retain retirement-age employees as part of their strategy to meet their workforce needs
  • Delves into the discrimination that older workers often face in the workforce
  • Identifies what retirement-age employees are looking for in an employer and what they can bring to an organization
  • Discusses how organizations can promote a culture of inclusiveness for all age groups

The webinar faculty is Sara Reese, Lead Employment Consultant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To access the webinar, go to https://www.cupahr.org/events/webinars/attracting-and-retaining-retirement-age-employees/

Oklahoma State University Retiree Survey

An online survey of Oklahoma State University (OSU) Emeriti Association members was conducted in January 2019 to determine the extent to which retirees remain active in retirement. The survey drew heavily from an earlier University of California emeriti and retired staff surveys. Consistent with UC findings, OSU retirees stay active in many ways, including continuing to support the university and community where they live.

Over half of OSU retirees volunteer in various ways for OSU. Volunteering takes many forms, including volunteering with the OSU Emeriti Association, serving on university committees, being a student mentor or tutor, and fundraising for OSU. Clearly, OSU retirees remain committed to support OSU with their time and talent.

Retirees support OSU with their retirement income as well. Retiree respondents support OSU by purchasing tickets to theatre, music, and arts events, thus supporting students’ cultural experience while at OSU. Over half of retirees also support OSU athletics by purchasing and attending sporting events.

Three in five retirees donate to their department, college, or university scholarship programs. In fact, through their OSU Emeriti Association, retirees created an endowed scholarship and now give two, $1,000 scholarships to OSU students each year. 

More than half of retirees continue to remain active in their respective professions into retirement. Professional activities varied, serving on professional committees and boards, writing and presenting papers for professional conferences, and editing journals and books.

In summary, OSU survey results parallel those from the University of California emeriti and retired staff surveys. Retirees continue to support the university in many ways. They also support their local community yet find time to engage in many creative activities and devote time to personal activities that enhance their health and wellbeing.

The full report can be accessed a https://emeriti.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/REPORTS_HANDOUTS/2019%20Emeriti%20Activity%20Survey.pdfFor more information the OSU Emeriti Association go to https://emeriti.okstate.edu/. For questions about the survey, contact Clement Ward, Professor Emeritus, at clement.ward@okstate.edu .

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Strategic/Thematic Programming at Clemson University Emeritus College

A new year and new leadership provided an opportunity to both celebrate our tradition of excellence and to introduce new ideas that help us reach goals expressed in our Strategic Plan. Our Director, Dr. Debra Jackson, led the way in developing thematic programming. By providing a series of different events that are linked with the same broad topic of general interest, emeritus faculty can choose how they best would like to explore, learn from, and contribute to that topic. This type of coordinated programming also provides a way to spotlight some unique programs, talents, and interests of both the University and the Emeritus College.

The first theme chosen was Social Media. A seminar given by the Director of Clemson’s Social Media Listening Center was the kick-off event. We learned that the Center is a state-of-the art interdisciplinary research and teaching facility. It monitors, measures, and engages in social media conversations across the web. An Orange-Bag Lunch, now called a Focus-Discussion lunch, gave us a chance to participate in a special project on Civil Dialogue that included the influence of social media on racial understanding.

The second theme chosen was Music. This theme was introduced with a lecture-recital in the auditorium of the Emeritus College. The Director of Artistic Initiatives for Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts came and brought three students who performed, discussed historical background of their music, and gave demonstrations about their instruments. There was opportunity to lunch together after this event, giving members more chance to talk with the performers.

The third change was to repurpose existing space to enable a salon-type atmosphere in a comfortable setting where informal collaborative exchanges could take place. These activities are developed by the emeritus faculty and are as varied as forums for active interest groups to shared interest gatherings in arts, literature or science. The costs were manageable, and such a space quickly became a reality by redesigning our large computer lab. It truly is a space that belongs to the members and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing how our new salon is utilized. For more information, contact Lucy Eubanks at elucy@clemson.edu.

Celebrating a Successful “Old Times Tunes” Performance

Debra Jackson (Director of Clemson University Emeritus College), Jeff Appling (rhythm guitar, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies), Fred Switzer (lead guitar, Professor of Psychology), and Jan Murdoch (banjo, Emeritus Dean of Undergraduate Studies). Photo by Barry G. Richards

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Resources and Trends

Financial Insecurity: Major Concern for Women Approaching Retirement

Almost 60% of Americans aged 60 and over are concerned that health care costs and 43% are concerned that prescription drug costs are outpacing retirement savings, according to a new NCOA/Ipsos survey. The national survey by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) also finds that women are even more concerned than men about these costs and the potential impact on their family. Explore the results

AARP Resume Service for Older Workers

AARP has launched a new resume advice and professional writing service tailored to help older workers who are looking for a new position or switching positions. The service offers free expert resume review and objective feedback on how effectively a resume communicates skills and expertise, and provides personalized recommendations to make a resume stand out from the competition. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/y28m9yql.

2018 Profile of Older Americans

The Profile of Older Americans is an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States. Relying primarily on data offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving. The 2018 Profile also incorporates a new special section on emergency and disaster preparedness.

Select Data Highlights:

  • More than 15% of the U.S. population are older adults.
  • Over the past 10 years, the population age 65+ increased 34%, from 37.8 million to 50.9 million, and is projected to reach 94.7 million in 2060.
  • The age 85+ population is projected to increase 123% from 2017 to 2040.
  • From 2007 to 2017, racial and ethnic minority populations increased from 7.2 million (19% of older adults) to 11.8 million (23%), and are projected to reach 27.7 million in 2040 (34%).
  • Currently, persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.5 years.
  • Older women outnumber older men at 28.3 million to 22.6 million, respectively.
  • Approximately 28% (14.3 million) of older persons live alone.

View/download the 2018 Profile

New Report Highlights Ways to Develop and Sustain Spaces that Serve Young and Old Together

A new report, The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old, from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. This report builds off a 2018 Generations United/Eisner Foundation Harris poll that found 89 percent of Americans think that serving both children/youth and older adults at the same location is a good use of resources. This new report digs deeper into the challenges shared sites face and shares ways to develop and operate spaces that successfully serve youth and older adults together.

Safe at Home: Fall Prevention Tips

National Institute on Aging

Most older adults want to age in place in their homes. Part of preparing for that is making sure your home is safe. Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, but there are many changes you can make to your home to help you avoid falling. Stay safe at home by preventing falls! Check out this room by room list of things you can do at home to reduce your risk of falling: https://tinyurl.com/yxt9xl4q.

Come Join Us In Transforming Retirement

Since 2001 AROHE has supported both institutions and individuals by transforming the experience of retirement – the preparation, the actual transition, and post-retirement programming – into a smooth and productive life-course change.

To renew, join or learn more visit arohe.org or contact AROHE by emailing info@arohe.org or calling (213) 740-5037.

Tell Us Your Story

Share News, Activities, and Events of Your Retirement Organization

Please send us a note about the activities, events, and news of your retirement organization for inclusion in AROHE Matters. Send your information to our newsletter editor at pcullinane@berkeley.edu by August 19th for the September 2019 newsletter.


AROHE's mantra is "Transforming Retirement."

AROHE is a nonprofit association that champions transformative practices to support all stages of faculty and staff retirement, their mutually beneficial engagement, and continuing contributions to their academic institutions. By sharing research, innovative ideas, and successful practices, AROHE emphasizes the development and enhancement of campus-based retiree organizations and programs which support this continuing engagement in higher education.

Contact AROHE: email (preferred) info@arohe.org or call 213-740-5037

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