Publication: AARP Bulletin
Date: July 1, 2014
Four years ago, Lois DeMarino retired from a 20-year career as a postal clerk in Columbia to care for her ailing mother. Two weeks after her retirement, DeMarino’s mother passed away from lung disease.
That quickly, DeMarino’s plans changed. “I’m not working—what am I going to do with the rest of my life?”
She started volunteering with Make-A-Wish, visiting ill children in their homes to learn their wishes. That spurred DeMarino to take on more activities and challenges. She joined Weight Watchers and lost 41 pounds. She took up Zumba and tap dancing classes.
DeMarino’s experience navigating a new phase of life is at the core of an AARP program, Life Reimagined, that helps people determine those next steps. They may be facing retirement or job loss, or simply have a desire to make a change in their life.
AARP South Carolina began offering the free 90-minute Life Reimagined course in January. DeMarino, 64, was already volunteering for AARP when she heard a presentation about the program. She said she was inspired by the idea of setting goals and determining how to pursue them.