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Bruce Carlson


Bruce Carlson is a Senior Program Specialist for AARP Washington.

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Life Reimagined: From Catching Salmon to Making Whiskey

Posted on 08/13/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Mike Sherlock spent 30 years in the commercial fishing industry, first running boats in the Bering Sea and later as a shipyard owner. But at the age of 54, he decided he wanted a different kind of life. When craft liquor distilling became legal in Washington State, Mike and his partner Patti Bishop saw opportunity. Patti owned a software business and both felt like they were working 24/7. Commercial distilling was a huge leap of faith but they took it. …

Life Reimagined: “I Just Want To Give Back!”

Posted on 08/5/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Janet Lam-Rogers of Seattle believes in keeping busy. As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the Northwest Harvest food bank, a house-builder for Habitat for Humanity and a tax preparer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the 60 year old spends most of her week helping others. “I think I’m one of those fortunate people who had a very good work life,” said Janet. “But mostly I was doing a lot of planning type work that took a very long …

Life Reimagined: From the Couch to the Boston Marathon

Posted on 06/30/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

John Knudson of Seattle just wanted to get in shape. He never dreamed how far his new passion for distance running would take him. Today, fifteen years after taking his first run at the age of 52, John just finished running his first Boston Marathon. “I volunteered for this health study that involved exercising a lot. I got into running then,” said John. “I hadn’t been real active. I really wanted to make a change and get physically active. I …

Life Reimagined: From Rocket Scientist to Lavender Farmer

Posted on 06/29/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

  Tom Frei spent 26 years as a rocket scientist, working as a mechanical engineer on projects for the space program and defense industries. But today, he raises lavender at Woodinville Lavender farm. “On vacations, my wife and I saw lavender farms in Washington state, out on the Olympic Peninsula, in the San Juans, and it always resonated with us,” says Tom. “We always went back to ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a business around your hobby or passion?’ …

Life Reimagined: A New Direction at 75

Posted on 06/29/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Trudy James of Seattle never imagined herself as a filmmaker. She spent her career as a hospital chaplain and worked with AIDS patients for 20 years. But at the age of 75, she decided she had a story to tell and a mission to fulfill. She had been presenting workshops on planning for death and dying and during one of these groups, she met a participant who was a documentary filmmaker. Over coffee, Trudy and her new friend, photographer and …

Gov. Inslee Signs AARP-Backed Small Business Retirement Savings Plan Bill

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Gov. Jay Inslee Signs Innovative Retirement Savings Legislation Into Law Legislation Will Help Thousands of Small Business Employees Save For Retirement Contact: AARP – Cathy MacCaul 206-218-5915; EOI – Gary Burris 206-877-3672 Olympia, WA | Governor Jay Inslee signed bipartisan legislation into law today that will make it easier for thousands of private-sector, small business workers to access retirement savings programs through their employer and have the opportunity to build a financially secure future. The Small Business Retirement Marketplace (SB …