Roger Chang had retired from his career, but not from his community. And so, after more than 30 years of work at Northrop Grumman, and after more than 30 years in the military, he turned to thinking about the next phase of his life.
“A lot of people in the past were defined by their job,” said Chang, a 66-year-old who has lived in Kings Contrivance since 1978 and in Columbia since 1975. “If you’re not in a structured job any longer, how does life become meaningful, if that was your life?
“I have to start to focus on what I want to do,” he said.
And so he enrolled in courses at Howard Community College, received his black belt in Taekwondo, and took other roles — including joining Columbia Association’s (CA) Senior Advisory Committee as his village’s representative.
The committee advises CA on the needs, interests and concerns of Columbia’s mature adult residents.
“How do you stay healthy, both physically and mentally?” Chang said. “How do you stay safe? How do you stay engaged in meaningful activities? … As we grow older, a lot of us are deciding to stay in Columbia. A lot of people might need some additional modifications [made] to be able to stay in their homes. How can you afford to stay in your home and make it livable? Those become important issues that I wanted to focus on; to learn, contribute to and participate in.
“All of us age. It’s inevitable,” he said. “Those are issues that we are going to face.”
The Senior Advisory Committee’s monthly meetings are open to the public and are held at rotating locations throughout Columbia. For more information on how to become involved as a committee member, please call 410-715-3161.
-Article by David Greisman