Companies Pledge to Recognize Value of Older Workers

Good news for older workers. Google, AT&T and MetLife are among some 250 employers that signed a pledge recently to recognize the value of experienced workers and vowed to consider hiring older applicants when job openings arise. It’s not a moment too soon for companies to make a commitment to look at older job applicants. Since the recession hit and jobs were hard to come by, many older job seekers say they believe that age discrimination made it more difficult for …

Games for the 50+: A New Outlet for Mentoring

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about the gaming study by Dr. Jennifer Jacobs Henderson, associate professor and department chair, and Dr. Aaron Delwiche, associate professor, of the Department of Communication at Trinity University. For the final installment in this series, I want to focus on a very interesting insight from Drs. Henderson and Delwiche – many older gamers really like the mentoring aspect of multiplayer online games. It’s not about the competition but about helping others. As we …

Steve Reimagined

Hello again from Allie the intern! As you may already know from my blog series, my dad has been on an unexpected journey. Due to a life-changing accident, he has had to find a new career at age 54. This daunting task is one that many older adults face in this economy. He tried out AARP’s Life Reimagined Calling Cards recently and was happy to discover a new idea. I took a quick video of him so that you could …

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, …