When ‘Retirement’ Means Work or Start a Business

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Tracy Sutton Schorn Farming 10 acres of organic watermelon is not how most people envision their retirement years, but it’s ideal for Susan and Rick Fields. “Why retire to sit home and watch television?” said Susan. The couple, both 57, purchased a farm in Rosanky and just planted their first crop of melons. Susan, a retired elementary school principal, and Rick, a retired federal worker, thought farming seemed like a good fit after a lifetime of avid gardening. “There’s …

Getting Help to Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Thomas Korosec En español When Johnny Lewis’ wife, Shirley, was diagnosed with ALS last year, the 66-year-old retired probation supervisor took on the role of caregiver. As he put it, “It’s been a whole new thing.” Cooking, cleaning the house and driving Shirley to doctor appointments from their home in southeast Fort Worth have been part of the routine. Lewis considers himself lucky to have family and friends nearby. They have helped in a pinch—such as when he had …

Fanchon Gerould, Making Beautiful Things

Posted on 04/17/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Volunteering By Curt Buckley Fanchon Gerould of Houston is a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. But she doesn’t stop there. “I guess just to keep my mind and my hands moving,” says Fanchon, explaining why she finds time to fit a ceramics hobby into her schedule. “You get to meet people and make beautiful things, too.” But pottery isn’t the only thing that she spends her time building. Fanchon became a member of AARP in the early 90s, gradually becoming more …

Jann Horswell, Mover and Shaker

Posted on 04/12/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Volunteering By Curt Buckley To describe Jann Horswell of Dallas, a 67-year-old certified personal trainer, as active would be an understatement. But “Baby boomers, we were an active generation in our younger days,” explains Jann. “But for whatever reason over the course of our careers, a lot of us have gotten out of that habit. So it’s just about getting back into that healthy routine,” she says discussing the origin of her new Dallas-based business venture Boomer Fitness. Susan Williams, who …

Alice Sheth, Helping Women Plan

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Volunteering Alice Sheth, Helping Women Plan By Elizabeth Rubio Alice Sheth of Austin is a woman who has dedicated her time to getting out the word about AARP’s Decide.Create.Share. initiative with the women of her community. Last May, she and her sister attended a Decide.Create.Share conference in Austin. By the end of the presentation, which focused on long-term care and the benefits of advanced planning for women, Alice was inspired to share with her them what she had learned. “Alice committed …

Eva Bonilla, Latina Role Model Extraordinaire

Posted on 04/6/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Volunteering By Curt Buckley “It was a few years ago, I believe, when MANA [a national Latina organization] began partnering with AARP’s Decide.Create.Share. initiative that I began volunteering for them,” says Eva Bonilla of Fort Worth, who is an AARP volunteer among wearing many other hats. What led Eva to become an advocate for her community wasn’t a choice so much as the result of life-shaping circumstances that led her to a cause. AARP offered Eva an opportunity to better do …