By Karen Love, AARP Michigan Executive Council Member

You might hear AARP talk in the coming months about a new concept called “Life Reimagined,” which is not so much a program, but recognition that older adults are facing – and embracing — new complexities these days.

It’s not just about traditional retirement any more. It’s about a broad range of options in a new life stage, opportunities and real possibilities as we plan what’s next, whether it is launching a new career, caring for loved ones, or even falling in love again.

They’re talking about folks like me – a 67-year-old great-grandmother, widow, and active volunteer.

I am an owner of a small, successful business that specializes in Black media. I started KarYzma Media Consulting Inc. after 34 years in print media, including two decades at the Michigan Chronicle.

Sure, starting a business later in life was a way for me to supplement my Social Security. But it was also an opportunity to contribute something valuable to my community, to share expertise learned during a lifetime of rewarding work.

Now I’m about to start another life chapter. I graduate in December with a Masters of Gerontology degree from the University of Southern California. I plan to use my degree to help seniors in any way that I possibly can. There is so much need out there.

AARP calls it an “encore” career. That’s a good way to look at it.

But I also call it pursuing a passion, making a difference, giving back to my community and living my life to the fullest.

This is what we mean by Life Reimagined. I hope many of you explore your options and opportunities and find a path to reach new goals and dreams.

AARP offers an interactive, customizable roadmap that can help at www.lifereimagined.org



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