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Hitting Your Stride

Yesterday's senior citizens are today's activists, adventurers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and women living fuller, richer lives than at any other time! Just in the past decade, we've learned about 60’something women trekking through the Himalayas, 70’something women learning to ski dive, and 80 or 90’ something women publishing their first books. As recently as a decade ago, women at those ages were often thought of as elderly. No longer! The new millennium ushered in a phenomenal number of women past 50 and 60 who "push the envelope," "think outside the box" and they've turned all those "old" paradigms about "old" upside down and inside out! They are "taking names" but "taking no prisoners!" Better applaud them--or get out of their way! NEAT WOMEN INC has a list of categories you may want to qualify for-all of them or some of them, the choice is yours! And, stayed tuned because we have a first person story which could help you focus on your creative goals and a real world opportunity to learn more!

MATURE AUDIENCE (Not X-rated, nor R-rated--but top rated women!)
BEST TIMES (Women who have paid their dues, done their duty and are now ready to roll out the best times in their lives!)
FULL LIFE (Women who have endured "empty" promises, "empty" suits and "empty" heads--now ready to pursue life at it's fullest and richest!)
WORLD'S BEST (Women who are demonstrating that they are the world's best because they are "aged to perfection!")
EASY LIVING (Women who know they can "kick back" or "kick box" and do whatever they like with the greatest of ease!)
PRIME TIMES (Women who have the "choicest" seats in the house--or on the beach or anyplace else they want to be--proving that "aged to perfection" is life at it's prime!)
SENIORITY COUNTS (Regardless of age--whether it begins with a 6, 7, 8 or even 9, women can count on their time that's finally come--and begin their best times.)
SENIORITY (We've survived this long--so, we can't be wrong when we declare that our seniority has it's perks...lots of them!)
TOP SPEED (Who says women have to "slow down" when we reach a certain age? We can "ditch" the "fast lane" but we can pursue our dreams at top speed!)
Interview with Rita Golden Gelman - Click Here

Sell your house and your belongings and travel the world? Rita Gelman did just that 15 years ago and has been from Nicaragua to Indonesia ever since. This modern day nomad is one of the workshop presenters the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) has sponsored in their national tour of celebrating creativity at any age. These workshops are along side the Grandma Moses exhibit at art museums around the country. AARP is working to support Boomers as they move into their 50's and beyond, by helping them to make the most of life after 50. As part of this focus, AARP is pleased to offer creativity-themed workshops designed to help people discover ways to embrace creativity and achieve self-"fulthrillment" at any age.

Workshop leaders have often undergone significant life changes or accomplished a lifelong goal later in life. They usually discuss what inspired them to break from the routine and take risks, and offer the audience practical tips on incorporating creativity into their lives. These events are not just for seniors or AARP members - the workshops are open to the public and free.

Schedule for Grandma Moses exhibits:

Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Ala.
Dec. 1, 2001 - Jan. 27, 2002

Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla.
February 23 - April 20, 2002

Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio
May 11 - July 28, 2002

Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.
August 17 - December 1, 2002

Admission is free but space is limited. You must RSVP to attend. To register for a workshop, call toll-free 877-926-8300 or visit

Discover unknown civilizations with Rita Golden Gelman, female nomad and author of Tales of a Female Nomad: Living At Large in the World, while she leads a workshop on creativity and risk-taking. Ms. Gelman has been a nomad since 1987, when, after a divorce she decided to "do life differently" and pursue her dream of traveling the world and living in communities from Nicaragua to Indonesia. Ms. Gelman, still on the road at the age of 63, discusses the importance of taking risks to realize your dreams and, through her own riveting experiences, illustrates the benefits of pursuing personal goals.
Read AARP’s interview with Rita Gelman:
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Learn more about Ethel Percy Andrus, the remarkable woman who founded AARP in 1958:
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