Monday, September 03, 2007

Elders Pittsburgh

There is a new blog on the block, Pittsburgh Elders Guild, and I want to extend a warm welcome to our neighborhood. The brain drain that is the result of retirement could be a regional blessing in disguise. At least, that would be one of the themes I would expect Pittsburgh Elders Guild to address.

1 comment:

joe said...

Thanks for the welcome.

With Pittsburgh being 10 to 15 years ahead of the rest of the country in terms of the aging of our population, one might expect to see a lot more "encore career" opportunities right now, but there's clearly a structural lag to contend with. It's due somewhat to obvious cohort differences between Pittsburgh's elders of today (Greatest Generation and their younger cousins) and America's elders of tomorrow (the Boomers), but it's also due to differences within our own aging population.

Right now we have:

1. Old School senior center folks (working class retirees from City neighborhoods);

2. "Eat-N-Park" seniors (more middle class);

3. Wealthier country club seniors.

How all of this fits in with the broader diaspora is a good question which I hope to explore more as time goes on...