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  • Volunteer services

    Cathy Niemi|Jun 21, 2019

    While people are living longer today, negative age-related stereotypes are still prevalent in our society. Unfortunately, health struggles and difficult changes in life chapters are a reality. Some people look back and want to hang onto the “good old days.” Reflection can be a good thing, but it can make it difficult to look forward, and imagine new opportunities before us and enjoy the present. If you are asking where you can find new opportunities at “this age,” or what you can do, please consider volunteering. Sharing of yourself, your ti...

  • Community Connections

    Cathy Niemi|May 10, 2019

    Many people describe volunteers as being kind or caring people. And it is true. These honorable character traits are often at the heart of service. But do you ever wonder, on a practical level, what motivates volunteers? The following reasons are what we hear most often from our retired volunteers. Some say they are looking for something to do in retirement, while others volunteer for the social aspect. Some simply comment they want to “make a difference,” while others want to give back. They want to be there for others, the same way peo...

  • Community Connections

    Cathy Niemi|Apr 5, 2019

    “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” ~ Fred Rogers As with any life-changing event, retirement involves an ongoing process of emotional adjustment. While some people seem to transition seamlessly, others struggle. While reasons vary, some may include a loss of self image, the realization that retirement will be one of the last transitions in your life, the unsettling nature of change, or even uncertainty about what the future holds. One way to combat this is to reshape your outlook...