ESC Discovery Update: Discovery Centers

ESC Discovery offers ideas, resources, and a peer support system to help people seek a stronger sense of purpose in their work, engage in their communities, and create balance in their lives.

Our programs address the issues that are unique to the “Encore Stage” of life — helping people shift their thinking about what is possible in the second half of life in order to apply their time and talent to meet social needs locally in their communities or globally wherever the need may be.

Based on research and recognized as national models, our innovative seminars are designed to inspire as well as inform.

  • Thinking Beyond the Money: non-financial aspects of retirement planning
  • Discover Your Encore: second acts with a social purpose
  • Discover the New Retirement: changing nature of work and “retirement”
  • Discover Your Purpose: pathways to empowered living

ESC Discovery Centers

Based on the work done and seminars presented at Councils on Aging (COAs) over the past two years, ESC Discovery is launching a new initiative to help COAs better serve their communities. ESC Discovery Centers are designed to help people, aged 55 and older, find a stronger purpose in their work, engagement in their communities and balance in their lives.

To be piloted in six Councils on Aging in Eastern Massachusetts, Discovery Centers will provide peer coaching to help “younger, older” adults engage with nonprofits, government agencies and other organization in an effort to use their skills and experience in social purpose work. In addition to peer coaching provided by Transition Navigators, the centers will also provide resources such as a Discovery Toolkit which lists volunteer opportunities in their community as well as seminars and eBooks, both staples of the ESC Discovery program.

“One of the main goals of the Discovery Centers is to re-position COAs and have them play a broader role in their communities,” said David Guydan, Director of ESC Discovery. “We want to change community perceptions of older adults and their abilities to make a real difference and positive impact in the world.”

Discovery Centers are expected to open in the first quarter of 2019. The towns where the program will be piloted are: Amesbury, Dartmouth, Duxbury, Framingham, Lynn and Wellesley. For more information or to explore launching a Discovery Center in your community, contact David Guydan.