Explore Your Passions


Coming of Age is a Philadelphia-based national initiative led by WHYY, the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and AARP-PA to help boomers and others 50+ make fulfilling life transitions through civic engagement, lifelong learning and community leadership.

Watch for a new series of Boomervision! community dialogues, held at WHYY. And don't miss our Coming of Age series of inspiring audio/slide portraits about life transitions.


From Coming of Age Radio: Gladys Flamer


Gladys Flamer likes to drive her Cadillac in Coatesville, PA. Nothing unusual about that, except that she's 103 years old and she uses her car to help people with no transportation. Flamer has had many jobs; from serving as a domestic for wealthy families, to becoming a nurse at age 59. She's worked in steel mill and owned a beauty shop. The centenarian retired from the work world when she reached 90, but has not stopped serving her community. She's active on City Council, with her church and in her neighborhood. Click the image below to watch the slideshow...