Thousands of Your Viewers Need to Understand
The Reality of Retirement LIFE and How to Make it Great!
Gloria Dunn-Violin tells them how in her new book Revivement: Having a Life After Retirement. She coined the new word revivement™ to replace the word retirement.
With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day, a new audience is emerging to watch your program. To capture their interest, topics on how to have a LIFE after retirement will connect your content to their concerns.
The problem is many retirees do not know what to do with the rest of their lives. They may live another 30-40 years, and they’re lost. Some, of course, gratefully figure it out, but research shows that some die, some get sick, and some get depressed because they no longer have a reason to get up in the morning. Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson are two examples of leaders who became depressed after retirement.
My expertise in this arena is vast and deep. I talk from research, personal experience, and stories told to me by retirees and their families, who I interviewed for my book.
This audience, who no longer will be heading off to the workplace, may just be sitting at home watching your show, and be grateful for the guidance and insight you can bring into their lives by having me as a guest on your show. I can help you develop a program that consists of interviewing me and a panel of retirees who have struggled, are struggling or have adjusted to their new lives.
The challenges of retirement are a fact of life that will become more and more obvious. But, at this time, people are not informed, and often wake up shocked to experience the reality, not the fantasy, of retirement.
Why are they not informed? When Social Security was designed, workers were told they could get Social Security when they were 62 or 65. But, they were expected to die by the time they were 66. Therefore, no one projected a future that brought healthy longevity into view, or guided citizens to prepare for their future lives.
I will give tips that will help your viewers begin the adjustment and assimilation process to a meaningful and satisfying second half of life. I’m versed in the many issues that include: what happens when marriage partners both retire and are home together for the first time; what happens to the executive that works 24/7 and retires (or as the wife of an executive told me, “it was like he was running 90 miles and hour and fell off a cliff);” what happens when you are introverted and depended on your workplace for socialization, and now are sitting home alone. Or, the young woman who told me her grandmother was pushed out of her job at 75, because of her age, and died before she turned 76. So many issues to cover that affect all age groups—retirees and the younger members of their families.
A little about me:
How many people do you know who are in their third career at 78, and having a blast? I am! I’m going to share with you for fun that most people are shocked by my age. I just tell them its good genes, good attitude, and good moisturizer. I also tell them that age is in the body, but youth is in the mind. I’m very open and honest about myself—the body may be flagging, but the spirit is high.
I also tell them that just because this planet has traveled around the sun 78 times that doesn’t make me old. I’m energetic, enthusiastic, and don’t ever plan to retire.
Additionally, I let people know that life hasn’t been easy, but it’s been good. I struggled in certain areas of my life. So I’m pretty normal. I’m not a Pollyanna. At the same time, I’ve always moved forward by learning and applying the lessons life has taught me. And, I continue to learn.
I’ve been fortunate to work at what I love to do to help people have their best life possible in my other two careers as well. Today, I’m a professional speaker and workshop leader, focused on helping pre- and present retirees plan a meaningful and fulfilling second half of life. I also advise corporations and business services on how to prepare their employees and clients with meaningful advice about retirement and aging.
For 25 years I provided services in training, coaching, and consulting in the field of Organizational Development and Behavior, and was a professional speaker through my own business: Wiser Ways to Work. During the preceding 10 years, I enjoyed my work as an award-winning public relations professional.
I’ve written a book, From Making a Living to Having a Life, and many articles for newspapers and magazines nationwide, and presently have a monthly column in the North Bay Business Journal. I’ve also hosted an interview talk show with business professionals, and appeared on radio and TV shows nationally when my first book came out. I’m an active member of my community and my Rotary Club.
Today, I am a voice for the issues of retirement and aging through my company, HAVING A LIFE After Making a Living. If you go to my website: www.havingalifenow.com, you will get a flavor of my personality and see articles, blogs, programs, and more.
Here are a few testimonials from a talk I recently gave:
“Thank you, Gloria, for your presentation. It was charming, informative and engaging.”
Cynthia Murray, President and CEO, North Bay Leadership Council
“Thank you, Gloria, for a very enjoyable and engaging presentation. It really made me think.” Dr. Denise M. Lucy, Executive Director,
Institute for Leadership Studies,
Dominican University of California
Please contact me at [email protected] or 415-259-7090 to let me know your interest in having me guest on your show. Let’s start this conversation together about how to revive and have a great second half of life. It is vital, and needs to be addressed nationwide now!