On the Road to the Skoll World Forum

 The following is a post from Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of “Life Reimagined TODAY” with Jane Pauley on NBC’s TODAY show. As I prepare to depart for the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England next week, I’m enamored with this year’s theme – “Dare to Imagine!” This is especially fitting, since I’m happily driven as the producer of Jane Pauley’s NBC TODAY show segment, “Life Reimagined” to identify stories featuring those who are succeeding at daring to reimagine their lives at 50+. There …

Job Hunting 2.0: Calling Cards and You

Hello again from Allie the intern! Today’s post is part two of my series… “Trying to reimagine yourself is harder than most people realize.” My dad knows this better than most. After a life-changing accident, he lost mobility in his left hand and the ability to continue his career of 30 years. Now that he has been cleared to return to work, he is faced with a new dilemma – finding employment at age 54 in a terrible economy with …

A Night in the Life of a Volunteer EMT

The following is a post from Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of “Life Reimagined TODAY” with Jane Pauley on NBC’s TODAY show. On a rainy, cold, wintry night, Jane Pauley’s email popped up on my Blackberry with the words “be careful.”  Her cautionary message arrived just I was trying to securely strap myself into the back of an ambulance, all on behalf of our upcoming segment for NBC’s TODAY show in our series “Life Reimagined Today.“  We were profiling a guy named Jerry Leener, …

Diana Nyad says at SXSW She Will Make 5th Attempt at Cuba-Florida Swim

Hey everyone! It’s team AARP from SXSW – Karin Miller (TN), Kim Loop, (TX), Jenn Baier, (IL) and Jim Flaherty and Jessica Prell (WI) this morning we got to go on a walk with Diana Nyad while she was at SXSW. We were so inspired!  When Diana Nyad was an 18-year-old Olympic hopeful, she walked out on the pool deck at the trials afraid that the years of 4:30 a.m. workouts and sets of 1,000 situps would end in failure. …

Job Hunting 2.0

Hello again from Allie the intern! My dad is on the job hunt. I know what you’re thinking: so what? In this economy, he joins many millions on this ever-changing quest (including his daughter). But he’s in a particularly tricky situation. An accident in September of 2009 left my dad with a crushed left hand. After six surgeries (and probably more in the future) with the best hand surgeon in Chicago, his hand lost the ring finger and has extremely limited …

Do You Live Each Day with Purpose?

When you wake up in the morning, do you think to yourself, “I’m so excited, because today I get to… (fill in the blank)? No? I have teenagers, and on occasions I hear the following proclamation, “I’m bored!”  Usually said out loud to the world in general, with only one part (unsaid) that is directed at me:  “…and what are you going to do about it?” Boredom, idleness, and lack of motivation can often be linked to a lack of …