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Annapolitan dancer and choreographer just keeps on dancing
2013-05-19

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Some people change lanes when they come to their bonus years.  Examples: The attorney shifts to volunteer work for a food bank.  The accountant drives a school bus.  The plumber reboots as a Little League coach.  

Others stay more or less in the same... read more

Alloway's 80-something women kept the home fires burning
2013-05-05

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Writer Ruth Stotter says, "… we're made of stories.  When we die, that's what people remember, the stories of our lives and the stories that we told."

Annapolis and Maryland now have a new story-teller.  Her name is Joanne Alloway.  Alloway is the... read more

Seniors use library card as a key to aging-in-place services
2013-04-28

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Harold Young spent 25 years teaching 5th and 6th graders in South County schools.  "Retired" for 22 years, he is now completing 15 years in a bonus years career as a volunteer with Anne Arundel County Public Library branches in Annapolis and Eastport.  ... read more

Our heritage benefits from guides in their bonus years career
2013-04-21

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Not everyone remembers that Annapolis once served as the capital of the United States.  But it did – for a short period, between November 1783 and August 1784.  It was during this time that the Americans and the British ratified the Treaty of Paris,... read more

Want to know about longevity? Try popcorn and the movies
2013-04-14

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

The near-doubling of longevity during the 20th century – from 41 years to 78 years between 1900 and 2000 – has been a major factor re-shaping America's changing culture.  Though much of the increase in life expectancy is accounted for at the "starting line... read more

Reaching down to lift up another is a good exercise
2013-04-07

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

"Every day is Saturday."  So said Annapolitan Cynthia Palmer when I asked her how she liked retirement.

Before retiring, Cynthia was a high-performing research manager at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  With degrees in biology... read more

There are many ways to make your mark, even in the bonus years
2013-03-31

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

The psychologist Carl Jung wrote, "A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species."  He goes on to say, "The afternoon of life must have a significance of its own and cannot be... read more

What about a Caregivers Corps to help neighbors to age in place
2013-03-24

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Remember the old cartoon showing the engineer proudly holding his diploma and flanked by his parents on graduation day?  The caption says, "Five years ago I couldn't spell engineer, but now I are one."

Well that same kind of thing happened to Janice... read more

Creating age-friendly workplaces to retain later-life workers
2013-03-17

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Many of our stories focus on later-life Annapolitans who are continuing work into their bonus years – whether it's paid, volunteer, Samaritan or enrichment kinds of work.  We do this for two reasons.  First, research shows that continued social engagement... read more

Woodworking, water colors and a pick-up truck: How lifelong attitudes and practices shape encore careers
2013-03-10

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

History's view of Calvin Coolidge, the conservative Republican who served as the 30th president of the US, is enjoying a renaissance. It began with the presidency of Ronald Reagan; it continues with biographer Amity Shlaes' new book, "Coolidge," published... read more

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It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.

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