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 …

Hispanic 50+ Voters: We Need more Information on Future of Social Security and Medicare

At AARP, we look at life after 50 as an exciting opportunity to enjoy a second youth. Retirement itself should then be seen as a hopeful journey rather than stepping into the unknown. Unfortunately, a new series of surveys commissioned by AARP shows that a key group of Hispanic voters 50+ are looking at the coming November election with a high level of preoccupation. This seems to be driven by economic anxieties that extend well beyond the single issue of …