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Volunteer Vacations: Travel with Purpose

Volunteer Vacations: Travel with Purpose

As we age, we are told that we should make use of these “golden years” as best we can, and spend as much time as possible traveling and experiencing new parts of the world. However, data shows that more than two thirds of Americans are out of the full-time workforce by age 66 so traveling just to […]

Worried About Identity Loss When Retiring?

Worried About Identity Loss When Retiring?

Decade after decade, you have been known by your profession – Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Electrician, or whatever. We all identify with the career we work in – it is part of our DNA. What we have done has defined us – like it or not! When we retire, there are so many life changes that […]

Be A Volunteer During The Holidays

Be A Volunteer During The Holidays

There’s no better time of the year than the holiday season. From delicious treats to cozying up by the fire, everyone’s in a wonderful mood. Since it is the season of giving, wouldn’t it be nice to spread the cheer with those in need? The winter season offers plenty of ways to volunteer and give back to the community. Not […]

Prepare Your Transition to Retirement

Prepare Your Transition to Retirement

Retirement planning is a topic that is often addressed in a strictly numerical context. A certain amount of assets must be accumulated and these assets are then turned into income that, hopefully, will last through the remainder of your lifetime. Sound familiar? While this can be a useful framework for conceptual purposes, it fails to […]

Make A Successful Mid-Life Career Change!

Make A Successful Mid-Life Career Change!

For some of us, there comes a day when we wonder if we are in the right career. We wake up each morning lacking energy and excitement about what we are doing. We begin to think, am I in the right place for me? Is it time to change careers? Do I know what I […]

Rethinking Aging in an Overtreated Society

Rethinking Aging in an Overtreated Society

  For those fortunate enough to reside in the developed world, death before reaching a ripe old age is a tragedy, not a fact of life. Although aging and dying are not diseases, older Americans are subject to the most egregious marketing in the name of “successful aging” and “long life,” as if both are […]

Reinvent Your Identity, Start Your Next Chapter Part II

Reinvent Your Identity, Start Your Next Chapter Part II

Transitioning or pivoting into a new career and lifestyle is intimidating. We are leaving the comfortable surroundings and routines we have had for many years and heading into uncharted territory. We all go through it, but we all have a unique way to approach or to avoid it as we make the move.  If we do not plan […]

Reinvent Your Identity and Start Your Next Chapter, Part I

Reinvent Your Identity and Start Your Next Chapter, Part I

As many of us consider retiring from our current job, we often dream of life beyond the walls of our office or work environment. We think about the endless games of golf or sitting on the beach sipping a drink and letting life pass us by as there are no demands or daily schedule to live […]

Live Independently NOW!

Live Independently NOW!

No matter how rich life is in youth and middle age, the elder years can bring on increasing isolation and loneliness as social connections lessen, especially if friends and family members move away. Senior cohousing fills a niche for this demographic — the healthy, educated and proactive adults who want to live in a social […]

Refire! Don’t Retire: Make The Best of Your Life

Refire! Don’t Retire: Make The Best of Your Life

In the News – Press Releases from The Ken Blanchard Companies New Book Encourages Mature Adults to “Refire” Not Retire — Bestselling Author Ken Blanchard and Aging Expert Morton Shaevitz Team Up to Empower a New Generation of Seniors —   SAN DIEGO, Feb. 3, 2015 – Today Berrett-Koehler Publishers and Life Reimagined/AARP will publish […]

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally Really, Grow Up defines our journey less in chronological terms than in those hours when we obliged by consequences piling up in our lives, or from inner urgency, to ask ourselves: who am I, apart from my history, apart from my roles? What is my […]

A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging

A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging

Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging   A rousing call to rethink the aging process. More than a decade ago, a landmark ten-year study by the MacArthur Foundation shattered the stereotypes of aging as a process of slow, genetically determined decline. Researchers found that that 70 percent of physical […]

Rocking Our Views On Aging

Rocking Our Views On Aging

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer […]

Second Chance At Love

Second Chance At Love

Who Knew? I wasn’t expecting much being divorced and in my fifties.  I was a daughter, mother, grandmother and business owner.  Someone who had so many loyalties and was spread so thin that I could never imagine that I could accomplish anything without splitting myself into a hundred little Debbie’s to serve all my different […]

Charles Eugster: Champion At 97

Charles Eugster: Champion At 97

He was a body-builder, a sprinter, a public speaker, a writer, a rower, a wakeboarder, an entrepreneur, and a budding fashion designer, planning his own line in elderly couture. “Retirement is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself,” Charles Eugster, 97, told TODAY from his home in Zurich, Switzerland. His Motivation? “I […]

Plan For Your Next Life Stage

Plan For Your Next Life Stage

Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, once said that “Change is the only constant in life”. Centuries have passed, and the statement is as true today as it was then. The question is: are we using this period of change for growth? Studies report that the most significant causes of stress include deaths of parents and […]

The Stages of Your “Elongated Life”

The Stages of Your “Elongated Life”

Living to 100+ With increased longevity, people today are living an “elongated life” to 100+. Indeed, some people believe that if you’re born in the 21st century, you are likely to live to 150! As a result, traditional benchmarks that people associated with chronological ages, such as that retirement takes place at 65 years of […]

Healing Your Grief About Getting Older

Healing Your Grief About Getting Older

Excerpt from Healing Your Grief About Getting Older by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. “Wish not so much to live long, but to live well.” — Benjamin Franklin A simple truth is that from the day we enter into this world, we start to age. To be human means to grow older each day we are on this earth. […]

You Need A Smooth Transition Into Retirement

You Need A Smooth Transition Into Retirement

Stop thinking about it as retirement. Start thinking about it as a transition. The traditional meaning of retirement used to be: work until 65, live a couple more years to enjoy your retirement by spending time with your family, maybe play a little golf, then die (as sad as that sounds). This 20th century concept […]

Who Are You Calling “OLD”?

We must begin a different conversation about getting old. The word “old” is associated with words like elderly, frail, over-the-hill, and decrepit – all incorrect terms for people who are still leading full and meaningful lives. Ask a millennial if they think their 55 year-old parents are “old”. Now ask the same 55 year-old if […]

Start Your Business in Retirement

Start Your Business in Retirement

After spending years of your life having to answer to someone else, it is only natural to want to be your own boss. You’ve decided that you’re intrigued by the prospect of potentially opening your own business within the next few years. Whether it is a small bistro in your neighborhood or a startup that […]

Crossing Off Your Bucket List Doesn’t Stop at 100

Crossing Off Your Bucket List Doesn’t Stop at 100

“I’m too old for that” is not an excuse. At least it’s not for Al Blaschke, from Texas, and Glenn Quillin from Illinois, both whom skydived on their 100th birthday. These age defying centenarians are proof that age is not a limitation-the only limitation that is holding you back is yourself. So, why are these […]

Phased Retirement Can Be a Win-Win

Phased Retirement Can Be a Win-Win

As you are nearing retirement, you might not want to completely withdraw from the workforce. More companies are beginning to implement phased retirement programs for their employees which would allow them to have a more balanced lifestyle while still remaining in the workforce part time. Transitioning into retirement rather than dropping cold turkey sounds like […]

For Midwife, 71, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old

For Midwife, 71, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old

Sometimes you can’t retire even if you want to. For Dian Sparling, a certified nurse midwife in Fort Collins, Colo., there’s no one to take over her practice. But at 71, she’s finding that staying up all night delivering babies is harder than it used to be. Sparling founded an obstetrics and gynecology practice called […]

At 85, ‘Old-School’ Politician Shows No Signs Of Quitting

At 85, ‘Old-School’ Politician Shows No Signs Of Quitting

Politics is one field that has long been associated with people working into their later years — sometimes even into their 80s or 90s. And at 85, state Sen. Fred Risser of Wisconsin, the longest-serving state lawmaker in the country, shows no signs of slowing down. Risser has been representing the city of Madison in […]

For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout

For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout

Retirement isn’t what it used to be, or even when it used to be. Since the late 1970s, the percentage of Americans over 65 who are still working has doubled. Sometimes these people are working because they need the money. But increasingly, people are staying in the workforce into their later years because they’re living […]

Rethinking Retirement Age

Rethinking Retirement Age

The age at which we retire has traditionally been linked to cultural norms and external factors such as the availability of a company pension, health care and Social Security retirement benefits. Pensions were designed to incentivize long-service with a single employer while also establishing formulas that would provide reliable incentives for employees to eventually retire. […]

Our Assumptions About Older Workers Are Wrong

Our Assumptions About Older Workers Are Wrong

It is almost second nature to create stereotypes of people based on age. If someone is in their twenties then they must be technologically adept, obsessed with keeping fit, prepared to change jobs frequently whilst obviously searching for meaningful work. Those in their sixties and seventies must be less interested in work and are probably exhausted and […]

Realize Your Dreams as an Entrepreneur

Realize Your Dreams as an Entrepreneur

If you’ve ever been driven to rage and despair trying to pry open one of those plastic blister packs, Paul Tasner says it doesn’t have to be that way. According to the 68-year-old Tasner, all it would take is for more products to use the packaging he’s developed for his company, Pulpworks. As you might […]

Inspiring Voices of Healthy Aging

Take some advice from just a few healthy agers, content in enjoying their current way of life, and reaping the rewards of previous years of healthy living. Their words are simple, yet profound, and we hope they help you stay on track to a long, healthy, happy life.

Aging in America

With our quickly aging society, big changes lie ahead. But what does that mean, exactly? Nobody knows for sure, but the importance of open discussion cannot be overstated. Join our Community Forum to share your ideas, and see what other AgeBrilliantly members are saying about the changing world of aging.

Thoughts on Aging from Literature’s Greatest Minds

We may not know what lies ahead, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the lives of others. In this moving TED talk, Joshua Prager compiles a collection of one hundred authors’ views on one hundred different ages, enlightening us all in the process. Aging is a complicated journey, but in seeing through the eyes […]

Hero of the Week: Martin Greenfield

Martin Greenfield, 88, is one of the most prominent tailors in the world, having now made suits for four United States Presidents. After slimly surviving the Holocaust and moving to America with nothing, he created this remarkable business, and shares some of his lessons learned here: As he puts it, he has “some great people […]

Adopting New Technology in the Workplace

Adopting New Technology in the Workplace

Is the constant evolution of technology in the workplace forcing you to consider early retirement? This is a highly common stress factor for adults continuing their careers later in life, leading some to consider early resignation. An increasing number of workers are continuing their careers later in life, with 22% of the workforce now above […]

How to Find Fulfilling Part Time Jobs

How to Find Fulfilling Part Time Jobs

Are you recently, or soon-to-be retired, and looking for a fulfilling way to spend your time while supplementing your income? You’re not alone. Many mature adults are looking for enjoyable part-time gigs for their third stage of life. In concluding a long-term career and transitioning into something less substantial, retirees do have to make some […]

Share Your Expertise through Mentorship

Share Your Expertise through Mentorship

Are you looking for a new, rewarding activity to add to your lifestyle? Would you love to find fulfillment while having a positive impact on the life of someone years younger than you? If so, mentorship programs are looking for you! Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young peoples’ personal, academic, […]

Plan and Design Your Lifestyle

Plan and Design Your Lifestyle

When you picture your ideal retirement, what do you see? This question is essential to planning your post-work life, offering insight into the amount of savings you need to live happily in retirement. It’s not the dollar amount that matters, but what those dollars buy. In his book The Number, Lee Eisenberg discusses this issue […]

Ranger Embarks on New Career at 85

“Life keeps opening up… and as long as that’s true, then I’m going to keep on living it.” Wise words from 92-year-old Betty Reid Soskin, who’s been enjoying her current position as a Park Ranger for the past seven years. The descendent of parents and grandparents who lived past 100, she knew she still had plenty […]

Maintaining Structure and Purpose in Retirement

Maintaining Structure and Purpose in Retirement

For most of our lives, we are guided by structure. Work routines help us feel connected and useful, providing immense mental health benefits. But upon retirement, the loss of a spouse, or other lifestyle changes, it can be easy to lose sight of our purpose, leading to mental health decline. It is vital to address these feelings of […]

Make a Difference by Volunteering Abroad

Make a Difference by Volunteering Abroad

There are many ways to spend your retirement years, but how do you make them truly meaningful? If you would like to travel the world, help others, and gain first-person insight into foreign cultures, then volunteering abroad is for you. Volunteering abroad has become increasingly popular amongst older cohorts. Nearly 290,000 older adults from the U.S. […]

How Volunteering Can Improve Longevity

How Volunteering Can Improve Longevity

Everyone knows volunteering makes the world a better place. But did you know it also can help you stay mentally, socially, and physically fit?  More than 60 million Americans volunteered a median of 52 hours in 2007, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And these numbers don’t include the millions of people who […]

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