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Talents Can Transform Your Life and the World

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |Public Policy | Comments

Public Policy InstituteIn the movie A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro plays a father who declares that wasted talent is “the saddest thing in life.” Those words ring true for me on a lot of levels. As an economist I view older Americans as an undervalued asset, too often denied the chance to use talents honed over a lifetime. As a policy wonk and advocate, I look for strategies that can help people live rewarding lives and that remove obstacles in their …

Older Workers in Afghanistan

Posted on 06/30/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

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Too Old to Answer JFK’s Call? Nonsense!

Posted on 01/25/2012 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringJust before 2:00am on a chilly October night thousands of students at the University of Michigan became part of history as the 43-year-old presidential candidate stood on the steps of the Michigan Union and asked if they would embark on a journey that would take them potentially half way around the world to give assistance to underdeveloped nations and their people. John F. Kennedy was of course introducing his new international service organization that would later become the Peace Corps. …

Volunteering Overseas: My Recent Adventure to Ireland

Posted on 08/25/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. A few weeks ago I wrote about combining travel with volunteer work.  For me this has been somewhat required this year given my commitment to volunteer …