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My Journey to Self-Employment: Is Self-Employment Right for Me?

Posted: 02/03/2017 by | 2 Comments

OK, let’s take a look at this “Work for Yourself@50+” Toolkit. . . . It’s going to be a quiet weekend. I may as well at least crack the spine on it. This first section, “Explore Your Options,” looks interesting. It will help me consider if self-employment is really the way I want to go. […]

AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson Interviewed On History, Passions

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation
Posted: 01/30/2017 by | 1 Comment

In an interview with Washington Business Journal, Lisa Marsh Ryerson reveals how her love of work began early. Her parents instilled in their six children the idea that hard work was important, rewarding and fun. And from babysitting to McDonald’s to teaching to serving as president of Wells College — a private liberal arts college […]

Awakenings: The Intergenerational Value of Mentorship

Posted: 01/24/2017 by | No Comments

Poet and longtime educator Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” That’s a fitting description of mentoring, too — the act of being “an awakener.” As any good mentor knows, the goal of mentoring is to awaken self-confidence and unlock potential by developing the competence and character of the mentee. […]

Preventing Falls: I’m Getting Older. Do I Need to Worry About Falling?

Posted: 01/23/2017 by | 11 Comments

Every year, one in four people age 65 and older experiences a fall. Many of those falls lead to serious injury — and most of them happen at home. AARP Foundation is committed to making sure older adults have access to housing that is affordable, livable and healthy. In this video, created by UnitedHealth Group, […]

Mentoring at any age

AARP Foundation salute to service
Posted: 01/17/2017 by | No Comments

When you think of a mentor from your youth, who comes to mind? Is it a parent or other family member? A neighbor?  A friend or colleague? Whoever it was, chances are your mentor was older than you were — someone who drew upon decades of experience to guide you through pivotal moments in your […]

Dr. King’s Other Dream

elderly man sitting on sidewalk asking for help
Posted: 01/13/2017 by | Comments Off on Dr. King’s Other Dream

When we think of Martin Luther King Jr. — as we should, not only today but throughout the year — we most often think of him in the context of the Civil Rights Movement. Selma. Birmingham. The 1963 March on Washington, his voice reverberating across the National Mall with a cry to “let freedom ring.” […]