So what will you do next? That question runs through the minds of many people nowadays as we all live longer and healthier lives. For many people, the idea of retiring is more than just heading for the golf course or a retirement community in Florida. Many of us are looking at fresh starts and new careers. This is the heart of Life Reimagined, a new program from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
I was recently invited to the launch of Life Reimagined and came away from the experience with some very positive impressions. It’s about time to realize that it’s never too late to start again. The old school Abuelita seating in a rocking chair is long gone. Now baby boomers are jumping into new technologies, starting businesses, and working to achieve a new dream. The bucket list is ready to get done Caramba!
In order to help the process, Life Reimagined has a number of very high tech, but easy to use tools for participants, and they’re all free. The program bases itself online at Lifereimagined.aarp.org. On the site are tools that include ways to connect with employers looking specifically for older, experienced workers, a private online group you can set up to help advise you and the Life Reimagined Institute, which brings together many experts and industry leaders to share their knowledge.
With resources like this available, charting a new path has gotten easier in many ways. One very interesting feature is a diagnostic tool that will pose a series of questions and use your answers to help you figure out where you are where you want to go. Think of it like those tests they give to determine what job you’re suited for in high school, but only much more helpful and insightful.
The program is free and open to anyone with a desire to find out what path they’d like to explore next. I’m ready to try it with mami who is still young, bella and full of life.