Boomers embark on new midlife careers
Since these articles were published our company underwent a corporate rebrand, changing the name from Mia Consulting Group to Mia – Senior Living.
Below you will see a sample of the media coverage and publicity our company, Mia Senior Living, has received over the years. Much of this recognition has come by virtue of the innovative nature of our work, but more importantly because of the critical societal problem we have successfully addressed. Longevity is a global issue that has huge repercussions on every sector of our society and the world, yet little has been done to address its impact.
As you read the articles to follow you will note that our success has been acknowledged by very prestigious entities, such as Ashoka and Civic Ventures.
Mia's broad recognition bears great responsibility. The rewards we have received go far beyond the monetary and media attention but to the core of what we do. This recognition has strengthened our resolve, proved that we are on the right track and propelled us to succeed were others have failed. It is not just business as usual for Mia; it's what we do because we care.
Mia Senior Living, LLC
As she approached her 50th birthday, Karen Doyle made a radical change: She gave up a successful career in marketing and public relations to become a gardener in Fort Lauderdale.
Allen Sells, 61, once a financial services CEO, moved to Miami last year to become pastor of a church and is overseeing 15 youth programs for The Children's Trust.
Building Charities for a New Age
A new prize program that aims to help reshape the way Americans view older people has given five awards of $100,000 each to nonprofit leaders — all of whom are at least 60 years old — who are working to solve social problems in an innovative way.
South Florida benefits from Ashoka connection
Conchy Bretos was a social entrepreneur long before being a social entrepreneur was cool.
She founded Mia Senior Living Solutions in 1996 with a single housing project in Overtown. "We created a new model providing services to people who live in public housing so they don't have to move from there. It became a model for the nation, received great press, we started getting contracts in West Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan, we started working with public housing authorities," said Bretos, whose daughter Pilar Bretos Carvajal, joined her as a partner in 2001.
America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011
Mia Consulting Group
Conchy Bretos saw senior citizens living in decrepit public housing when she was Florida's secretary of aging and adult services in the mid-1990s. Many of those citizens were sent to nursing homes when they could no longer care for themselves. In 1996, after she left government, she asked the city of Miami to let her turn a run-down housing development into a for-profit assisted-living center to give elderly residents enough support to stay out of nursing homes.
The Future of Eldercare
As the former Florida Secretary for Aging, Conchy Bretos saw low-income Latino seniors living in terrible conditions – and it inspired her to create an assisted living facility that anyone could afford. " I saw people ending up in nursing homes who didn't need to be there, but they had no other place to go," says the Cuban-born Bretos.
Announcing Online Subscription to The New Social Entrepreneurship Series
The Commonwealth Club
Last month, The Commonwealth Club launched an important new series focusing on Social Entrepreneurship in America, featuring innovators and pioneers bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and rigor to solve societal problems.
The leadoff speaker for the series was Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Prize winner for his pathbreaking efforts to bring finance to the poorest of the poor.
A Social Solution, Without Going the Nonprofit Route
It used to be that people who wanted to solve a social problem — like lack of access to clean water or inadequate housing for the poor — created a charity. Today, many start a company instead.
The need for senior housing grows as baby boomers age
The graying of America is placing new pressure on public housing authorities (PHAs) to meet the needs of seniors. PHAs across the nation provide approximately 700,000 elderly residents, 62 years and older, with affordable rental housing. In just a one-year period, from 1997 to 1998, the elderly in public housing increased by an estimated 30,000, nearly a 6% jump. It's a sign of what lies ahead.
Seniors may be at home, but they're not alone
"Get me out of here."
That's all Bill Moore thought as he lay in a nursing home bed a few years ago. An aneurism had sidelined him, and he hated being there, waiting 15 or 20 minutes for a nurse to help him get to and from the bathroom.
Activism Isn't Just For Kids
Venture philanthropy is helping retired baby boomers become social entrepreneurs
As Florida's secretary for aging and adult services in the mid-1990s, Conchy Bretos got a close look at a huge population of seniors who were terribly neglected: the elderly poor living in public housing. "I visited seniors who hadn't been out of bed in days," says Bretos. These people often ended up in nursing homes prematurely because they couldn't afford in-home care. Bretos had a brainstorm:
Awards Honor Those Who Continue Their Labor
To a San Francisco-based think tank, life begins at 60. So does eligibility for its new cash-laden national prize, being announced today, that rewards Americans who work to solve society's problems and encourages them not to slow down with age.
Five $100,000 Prizes go to Older Americans for Finding
New Ways to Meet Society's Greatest Challenges
Civic Ventures Presents awards for creative entrepreneurship by seniors
Civic Ventures, a think tank and program incubator helping society achieve the greatest return on experience, today announced the five winners of its first-ever Purpose Prize, a major new initiative to invest in Americans over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation.
Solution Helps Keep Seniors At Home
One Woman Finds A Way To Care For Low-Income Senior Citizens ... And Save Money, Too
It's not every day you meet someone like Conchy Bretos, who has such a big idea, CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports.
Bretos, who spent years working in state government, is on a mission to rescue low-income senior citizens who might otherwise end up in nursing homes — at state expense.
A better life, older citizens with "Purpose" honored
At 67, former U.S. assistant surgeon general Marilyn Gaston could be living a life of leisure. Instead, she and her business partner, Gayle Porter, 61, have developed Prime Time Sister Circles, a program aimed at helping black women in midlife improve their health.
Ex-Mayor Among Over 60 Prize Winners
The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode and the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl are among the inaugural winners of $100,000 prizes being awarded Tuesday to Americans over 60 who devised innovative ways to address tough social problems.
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