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Steve Reimagined

Posted on 04/5/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

WorkHello 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 …

Guest Post: Women Entrepreneurs Pay It Forward

Posted on 11/28/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeOne of the many most gratifying aspects of working with women entrepreneurs is how amazingly supportive of each other they are. Even within the same industry and competitive focus women go out of their way to help each other out. I see it again and again. Most often we hear it at SmartGirls Way when we ask one entrepreneur to give a little bit of time to someone whose business would be supported—or heart encouraged—from some time with another entrepreneur. …

Guest Post: Why the World Needs Women Entrepreneurs

Posted on 10/24/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis past month’s protests from Wall Street to Portland, Oregon, to London symbolize a growing need to define the next economy—one that recognizes that meaningful jobs and wages that afford quality of life while also assuring  healthy and thriving communities is critical. A new way of doing business that creates products and services that promote interconnectedness and collaboration above competition are critical to this new economy. Collaboration is a natural strength of women, and a world with more women leaders …

Tim Gunn Stays Classy at Life@50+

Posted on 09/22/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeYou can be pretty sure Tim Gunn didn’t predict his second act. As he told a rapt AARP audience today, he was an academic, working at Parsons: The New School of Design when Project Runway called. It was six months after his 50th birthday, and as his mother said, “YOU? Are they crazy?!? You’re so old!” So Project Runway asks, well, do you think these designers could make a whole wedding dress in one day? On the show? Tim Gunn, being …

Starting a Company at 71: Eugene Spiritus, OMyMeds

Posted on 09/20/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeMeet Eugene Spiritus. He’s 71, he’s on Twitter, and he’s the cofounder of a brand new startup called OMyMeds. What does OMyMeds do? I’ll let VentureBeat explain… Based in Orange County, Calif., OMyMeds started out when Spiritus became frustrated with the medication management of his ailing mother. She had heart failure, diabetes and emphysema and took 12 different medications daily, with three to four additional drugs on an as-needed basis. He displayed a medicine cabinet on stage, full of her …