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Second careers for older Mainers

An older man in a woodworking shop

We learn about people who choose new directions later in life, whether switching to a second career or a different focus in their work. What prompts these older Mainers to make a change and seek out new experiences? We discuss the challenges and rewards of taking a different path in life. This show is part of our series of shows on the changing face of Maine.


Mary Lou Ciolfi, Senior Program Manager, Co-Director, Consortium for Aging Policy Research & Analysis, University of Maine Center on Aging

Noël Bonam, State Director, AARP Maine

Fred Brancato, author of: Mystery and Manifestation: Reflections on Life Experience Beyond Ideology, Theology, and Belief Systems and Ancient Wisdom and the Measure of Our Days: The Spiritual Dimensions of Retirement, Aging and Loss. He has been a professional baseball player, social worker, high school teacher, and executive director of an association of child caring agencies; in retirement, he founded Elders for Future Generations.

VIP Callers:

Glenn Mills, deputy director, Center for Workforce Research, Maine Department of Labor

Donna Anderson, director, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Southern Maine

Audrey Maynard, retired, currently pursuing master’s degree in social work at the University of New England

Elizabeth Gattine, senior policy analyst, coordinator, Governor’s Cabinet on Aging


Work and Jobs - Tools, Advice and Resources For The 50+ (aarp.org)

Maine CareerCenters

MDOL: Workforce Resources for Older Adults (maine.gov)

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) | Department of Health and Human Services (maine.gov)

Starting a New Career in Midlife - The Atlantic

A surprise for Americans switching careers: They need to go back to school (hechingerreport.org)

Career Change Planning Checklist (maine.gov)

Second Acts for Boomers | Maine Public

A wave of older workers was already headed into retirement. The pandemic worsened things. (pressherald.com)

The Maine Labor Force--Aging and Slowly Growing

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.