— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

— One could refer to Marcia Ballinger in many ways.  Among other things, the Twin Cities native is an award-winning author, a Doctor of Organization and Management, the co-founder and principal of a search firm, and a French bulldog owner.  In 2016, Ballinger earned an additional title when she was named one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 winners. Ballinger’s career journey is rooted in Corporate America.  The holder of a degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Speech-Communication, and a doctorate …

— In the next decade as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will reach retirement age.  However, according to a recent AARP Survey, an alarming number of them haven’t saved nearly enough. Approximately half of all workers surveyed expressed worry that they won’t be able to save enough for retirement and 36% reported that they are behind on their retirement savings.  Compounding this problem is the fact that 40% of Minnesota workers – around 1 million people – don’t have access to a …

— Fun new way for Minnesotans to learn job search skills, family caregiving advice and how to stay safe online. Can you sell yourself to a potential employer in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Take the awkwardness out of the conversation when you’re helping a loved one plan for the future? Keep yourself safe from a hacker or handle the four toughest questions you’ll ever face in an interview? Introducing AARP’s new interactive videos that put you in …

— By Pamela Schmid Seven years ago, Jason Rathe began offering the dozen workers at his Minneapolis-based landscaping company access to an individual retirement account. “We always thought that’s what a company does: provide a way for employees to save for retirement,” said Rathe, owner of Field Outdoor Spaces. He has been disappointed, but not surprised, to find himself in the minority of small-business owners. “We’re all on the edge of not making it,” Rathe said, “dealing with other things that …

— With election season well under way, AARP volunteers are asking presidential and congressional candidates campaigning in Minnesota to explain their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. Projections show Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034 but, unless Congress acts, only about 75 percent after that. “It is critical for voters to know where candidates stand on this issue, so they can make informed decisions on Nov. 8,” said Seth Boffeli, a …

— Right now, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request from Xcel Energy that could raise customer rates by nearly 10% or about $132 a year. If approved, Xcel will have raised rates on their Minnesota customers 6 years in a row. When utility bills go up it hits everyone’s pocket book, especially those on fixed incomes or struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully in Minnesota, we have an engaged PUC that carefully considers the input of utility …

— Social Security has long been a vital tool for promoting the well-being of those who can no longer work. It serves as a major source of income for half of the U.S. population aged 65 and older, enabling them to live independently. Of the 948,229 Social Security beneficiaries in Minnesota, approximately 24% rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their income. With so many retirees relying on Social Security benefits for financial security and independence, this benefit should …

— Learn how Chris Gardner, entrepreneur and inspiration behind the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, persevered through overwhelming challenges. After enduring many hardships with his young son – including homelessness – Chris created a successful career for himself. After 30 years in the brokerage business, 25 of which running his own firm, Chris Gardner now focuses on helping others achieve their full potential through his speaking engagements and media projects. He is a passionate philanthropist committed to organizations combating violence against …

— By Bev Bachel “Will we regret this if we don’t do it?” For Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch, the answer was yes, which is how the two women came to launch Urban Growler, Minnesota’s first women-owned and –operated craft brewery. It opened in 2014 with one goal in mind: to bring people together through beer. Rewind six years. Jill was a straight-commission salesperson, working long hours. “I was always taking calls from customers—late at night, on the weekend and on …