55+ Retirement Communities are full of 50 + residents who have redefined their lives. Not only are these enterprising "active adults" reinventing themselves from within their plus 55 retirement communities, they are having fun and earning money at the same time. Many of these people are turning their interests, hobbies and passions into lucrative and rewarding careers. Plus 55 Retirement Communities are full of people still eager to explore options and lifelong dreams. Enjoying life, realizing a dream and generating a stream of income is common place for retirees living in plus 55 Retirement Communities.
The following article "Presto Change-O" written by Samuel Greengard and published in AARP's November/December '06 issue, Mr. Greengard describes the lives of 3 individuals who switched careers at 50+. More and more people are taking the leap and starting over at jobs they love while enjoying the lifestyle of their plus 55 retirement communities. Like Mr. Greengard's examples below, many people in plus 55 Retirement Communities have found ways to love "living and earning" at the same time.
Plus 55 Retirement Communities Members Accept Change
Mr. Greengard describes the life and career of Henry Stewart who had lost the ability to have fun with his career. "Henry Stewart found himself grinding out a seemingly endless stream of marketing strategies and press releases for corporate clients, the then 54-year-old owner of a public relations firm knew he had to make a career change. While Henry's interest in PR had begun to cool, his enthusiasm for food and cooking had been heating up. He would prepare elaborate meals for friends and fantasize about becoming a chef-though he had always kept the idea on the back burner. The time had come, he decided, to move it front and center. "I realized that I had to pursue the change or it would never happen," he says. So, with his wife's blessing, he shuttered his firm and plunked down $20,000 to attend the Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNôtre in Houston. After an intensive 30-week program, Henry, by virtue of graduating number one in his class, landed an almost four-month internship at a renowned restaurant in the Alsace region of France. When he returned to the United States, the Marriott Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth snapped him up as a line chef for its popular restaurant, Kalamatas."
"Today, Henry works long hours in the restaurant kitchen and copes with the demands of preparing masterly meals for discerning palates. He spends weekends and holidays hovering over rack of lamb and capellini primavera. Yet he's happier than ever. "I am betting the rest of my life on this. I'm doing what I always wanted to do," he says. "My only regret is that I didn't make the change years ago."
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Mr. Greengard cites another example of a successful career change for Rebecca Armstrong. "The 55-year-old resident of Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Oberlin College with a music degree but later earned a degree in architecture at The Cooper Union so she could "pay the rent." Married and raising two children, she worked at various architectural firms for more than two decades. Over the past few years, however, her interests shifted. "I wanted to do something that mattered in the moment," she says. "Architecture has an impact on people's lives, but I wanted a direct connection. As a child Rebecca had dreamed about becoming a doctor, and in her mid-20s she had pondered attending medical school. But at the time, she says, "I thought I was too old, which only proves that I was too young and immature." This time around, Rebecca knew that medical school would, indeed, take too long. So she decided to become a nurse practitioner specializing in neonatal intensive care. In May 2006 she entered a combined bachelor's and master's program at Columbia University. Rebecca will begin working in a neonatal ICU in the summer of 2007 and will have her master's degree in about three years. "A lot of people have said, 'You're really brave.' But I don't feel brave. I feel like I am doing exactly what I've wanted to do my entire life."
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"Consider Joyce Roché, 59, president and COO of a hair-care company, Carson Products in Savannah, Georgia, and had been ranked by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 most powerful black executives in America, when she decided in 2000 that her business skills could be used to make a greater impact in the nonprofit sector. "I wanted to do something more meaningful, and make a difference," she recalls. Joyce had already been volunteering at a local church and for the American Diabetes Association, but she yearned for more involvement. When she heard about an opening for president of Girls Inc., the civic and educational organization known until 1990 as Girls Clubs of America, she applied and quickly landed the job-at 25 percent less pay. Now she's using the same talents that won her kudos in the for-profit world to help grow Girls Inc."I used to go on vacation to feel re-energized and rejuvenated. Now I feel that way every day. When I interact with the girls, I can see and feel the positive impact I'm having." Of course, there are no sure bets. Shifting jobs is fraught with risk and the possibility that a new career won't pan out. Linda is prepared for that possibility. Last year she earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. It could help her land an executive position with another employer if her business fails. "The backup plan is in place," she says.
Plus 55 Retirement Communities - Challenge...Change...Explore...Live!
So, as you see, Plus 55 Retirement Communities are full of residents who have redefined their lives. Accepting Challenges and Changes outside the parameters of their plus 55 Retirement Communities. Having fun and earning money at the same time! Turning their interests, hobbies and passions into lucrative and rewarding careers. Plus 55 Retirement Communities are full of people eager to dare, challenge, change, explore options and live lifelong dreams. Enjoy life! Realize a lifelong dream!Generate an income stream all from any one of the many plus 55 retirement communities by CRF Communities.