Friday, January 7, 2011

AARP and Me...I was afraid to admit my age!

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AARP Home Page
I am almost embarrassed to say that I have avoided AARP like the plague...that was not smart folks, not at all. Psychologically I don't think that I wanted to admit that I was old enough to belong to the group.  Those 4 capital letter have brought people to their knees.  Even though I am 69, I really don't think about my age until I look in the mirror.  So, when we begin receiving letters from the AARP organization in our late 40's, we are all reminded that we are not going to be young forever.  An AARP letter can feel like another nail in a our coffin!

Image from AARP
I write a blog about retirement and how we can live a full, rich, beautiful life and simply not think about our age.  I want people to realize that, as AARP says, their old age is not their parents old age.  I have come to the conclusion that AARP, with the help of the boomer generation, can help us come to that place. 

My apologies to all the wonderful people over at AARP...they do wonderful things for the generation of people that are living the second half of their lives.  It is as simple as that.  For example:
Games...I played golf with a woman that is fighting for her mind.  She told me that online games keep her thinking.  They help her feel better about herself.  AARP has several games that you can play and keep score online.  It would be fun for anyone that enjoys a game of chess or solitaire.  (See Learning is Not Just for the Young!)

Jobs....If you are interested in working after retirement or travel with a retired spouse and still want/need to work yourself, they have several job suggestions.  I don't believe I have ever seen this kind of information and assistance anywhere else.  Tell me if I am wrong!
This is only two of the items in a list of several dozen. Everything from help with insurance costs to the words of the Dali Lama can be found on their pages.  I am of the opinion NOW that everyone should pay attention to what they have to say...even our children.  After all they are the people that speak for us in the halls of our government and the public's eye! 

Just a thought!


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