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Calling all NEWBIES. ... Let's introduce our selves! Use this thread.

Hi, I'm Mary. I'm new to these threads but am excited by the opportunities to learn and connect.  I love AARP.  I'm very newly retired, live in the midwest, and there are SO MANY opportunities.

 

If you want to make connections with me and other Newbies, reply to this thread.  I'm seeing many starting individual threads/topics which will make it difficult to connect, just due to shear volume.

 

Hope to hear from you

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@klmajor wrote:

Hello!

My name is Kathy and I've been "retired" from Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for five years now. My husband will still be working for another six years. We have been married for 34 years and have a grown son. No grands. I took leave of the best (paying) job in the world to help my mom as she aged and ultimately passed away. Then we started construction work on our house and with two senior dogs, I have been holding down the fort and making sure they are comfortable around all the noise and new goings on. I love my pups but am looking forward to getting out in the world again! We both love being outdoors for gardening, hiking, camping, etc. That being the case, we are advocats for a healthy and vibrant earth. We are very politically inclined and follow events closely. 

AARP seems to be right up our alley 😄

 

 

Hi there!Hi there!

 

Hi @klmajor Kathy and welcome to the online community.

 

Sounds like you are in the right place, all right. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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I'll be back later for a longer conversation. Love your post.
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@richardsonchristine wrote:
I'll be back later for a longer conversation. Love your post.

Hi @richardsonchristine! Welcome to the online community. Looking forward to your posts!

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HI, Recently retired last March. I have 5 grandchildren. 3 on the East Coast and 2 in Arizonia. We have 2 Shih Tzu dogs that are 13 and 15 years old. Would like to travel to the National Parks here and there.

Summer was not too exciting as I broke my ankle and am just starting to be able to walk with a cane. Hope to get out of this walking boot next Friday. Fingers crossed my surgeon says okay.

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@waves45jl wrote:

HI, Recently retired last March. I have 5 grandchildren. 3 on the East Coast and 2 in Arizonia. We have 2 Shih Tzu dogs that are 13 and 15 years old. Would like to travel to the National Parks here and there.

Summer was not too exciting as I broke my ankle and am just starting to be able to walk with a cane. Hope to get out of this walking boot next Friday. Fingers crossed my surgeon says okay.

Julia


Hi @waves45jl Julia and welcome to the online community! I join you in your hope that your walking boot is removed next Friday! 🙂  Maybe you'll be able to travel to a national park or two this winter?

 

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Hello my name is Janet. Enjoying my age. I have 4 children and waiting for the grands... None as yet. My hubby and I live in NY and working towards retirement planning in the next 10 years 

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@j897749s wrote:

Hello my name is Janet. Enjoying my age. I have 4 children and waiting for the grands... None as yet. My hubby and I live in NY and working towards retirement planning in the next 10 years 


Hi @j897749s, Janet, and welcome to the online community. 

 

It's good to enjoy the age you are! Good for you! 🙂 DH and I are in the home stretch of retirement as well. 

 

 

 

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Photo taken 2015Photo taken 2015Hello from Georgia. I'm looking forward to exchanging chats, information, thoughts, ideas,  etc. with all of you.

I'm a single, retired school teacher who enjoys life and people in general.

Volunteer work has always been important to me in community where I live/civic/church/school. One example: I volunteer teach illiterate adults reading at the public library. A very rewarding experience because these adults really want to learn.

Again, I look forward to meeting all of you active members.

 

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@annej388808 wrote:

 

Photo taken 2015Photo taken 2015Hello from Georgia. I'm looking forward to exchanging chats, information, thoughts, ideas,  etc. with all of you.

I'm a single, retired school teacher who enjoys life and people in general.

Volunteer work has always been important to me in community where I live/civic/church/school. One example: I volunteer teach illiterate adults reading at the public library. A very rewarding experience because these adults really want to learn.

Again, I look forward to meeting all of you active members.

 


@annej388808  Hi! (waves)  Nice to have you here. I hope you have had a chance to look around and that you've found topics of interest. If you have questions, ask away. Somebody will saunter by with an answer. 🙂

 

Gorgeous photo. Your hair is beautiful, btw. 🙂

 

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Hi I’m Kim. I live in Manassas Virginia. I have three children and 7 grandchildren. I live with and care for my elderly mother while working full time. After 44 years of marriage I sadly lost my husband to cancer 9 month ago. I look forward to interacting with people whom have similar experiences and meeting new friends in the community.

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I am a wife, Mom to 14 and 16 year old daughters. I don't have any siblings per se. I oversee and manage the care of my Mom who has advanced MS. She is non weight bearing and has live in caregivers. She has always managed her life and finances by herself. Recently she has cognitive decline and I have to find a way to talk to her about taking over her finances, overseeing her finances and managing the caregivers to make sure that they do not take advantage of her. She will run out of money within the next 3-5 years and I have no idea what to do when that happens. I will have kids in college when that happens. I am extremely stressed about this. 

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newpics.JPGHi, my name is Carolyn.  It's great to connect with all of you.  Looking forward to learning the many things this community has to offer.  I am a licensed realtor on Long Island, NY. 

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Oh, hey, another "call me for business" ad. Are you here to attract friends, or to attract business? (rhetorical) just sayin'.  Cat Tongue

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I'm responding to the latest post, which popped up in my Email. It from from an IT developer/ programmer in state of LA. Sounds to me more like a "help wanted" ad, or "I can do this stuff" ad... not much like a "Hi, I'm so'n'so, let's do lunch" kind of thing. Isn't there another Topic Thread for that sort of thing??? (Rhetorical  😛  )

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Hi! I'm a newbie. 😂 I'm trying to figure things out here. It seems simple so far... Any rooms you suggest I start with? I'm 54, single lady, recently retired who would love to meet people, interesting conversation, love to learn new things and especially enjoy people and history.
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What part of the country do you live in? That might help, especially if you might, oneway, want to actually meet people, and make "real" friends. 😉
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Ahoy Jack!

 

I 🌹 am originally from the Cocoa Beach 🌊🏝 , FL and Cape Canaveral 🚀🛰, FL area. I 🌹 live in the big city 🌃 of Tampa 🎭🎨🎫, FL now.

 

You?

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Ahoy. My wife and I live in the little Central Oregon Coastal town of Lincoln City, OR.

We both grew up in big cities, but really enjoy the small town here.  She is a Blackfoor Indian, and I am a pirate... descended from Pirates.  I had a promise of getting my own ship once, but, typically, the promise was reniged. Thanks for taking an interest. Jack. 

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Hi 👋 Newbie! ☺️

 

I'm 🌹 a newbie too! Your introduction caught my eye because I am a history buff also. My grandfather 👴 peaked my interest in history when I was young. His interest was in the Civil War because he was born in the south. I was born in the Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral, Florida area. I live in Tampa, Florida now. 

 

I am a 59 year old single young lady. 😉 When I was attending college my history professor 👨‍🏫 recommended that I become a history professor because I always aced his tests. I wish I had followed his advice, but my interests at the time took me in another direction. I obtained my Bachelors degree in Gerontology and am one semester away from my Masters degree in Public Health. I am currently using my Gerontology training for volunteer opportunities in my church.

 

I consider myself to be retired also, but I have been on Social Security Disability for the past three years. I would enjoy 😊 learning more about you.

 

Have a blessed day! 🙏🏻☀️

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Dearm99255j,

 Try looking under the various community topics. This is a great way to.share  your thoughts and remember the past. Follow EPSTER posts for Any help you need with the REWARDS POINTS program. EPSTER has spent time to clearly  help everyone navigate through the rewards points program.

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IT Applications Programmer

01/2008 - 08/2017 -- State of Louisiana, Division of Admin., BATON ROUGE, LA

   Perform computer program and job development, modification, conversion (Cobol to Natural), and documentation. In various IT areas, test new or modified program functions and install into production. Work with software users about application requirements, objectives, functions, features, input, and output needs. Analyze, define, and document computer software requirements for job flow, hardware and operating system environments, interfaces with other systems, internal and external checks/controls, and output data and reports. Test developed applications to find errors and confirm that installed applications meet required user specifications. Write and maintain support documentation to describe application logic, testing, changes, and corrections. Provide any needed technical assistance and respond to user inquiries about errors, problems, or questions concerning installed application software. Work with IT staff, users, and applications to solve problems with existing computer software. Install and monitor applications and performance after implementation.

 

Library Technician

06/2005 - 01/2010 -- River Center Library, BATON ROUGE, LA

   Assist with the library tasks of acquisition, circulation, and referencing. Perform any required clerical duties. Work at the circulation and reference desk, answer phones, and research patron reference questions. Charge and discharge books, collect fines, register new patrons, and renew library items. Assist all patrons in the proper use of the library and its functions. File and process library items using the proper catalogue procedures. Assist patrons in the selection and location of books, card catalog, and other library items. Compile monthly library usage by patrons and keep track of daily attendance statistics.

 

 

Workforce Development Officer

01/2005 - 04/2005 -- Louisiana Dept. of Labor, BATON ROUGE, LA

   Review veteran data records and job placement inquiries maintained in the Louisiana LAVOS employment system. Organize and update veteran record data as needed. Document LAVOS cases according to actions taken. Report case actions to superiors and maintain the confidentiality of all veteran record data.

 

 

Computer Programmer Analyst

02/2001 - 07/2004 -- Union National Life Insurance Co., BATON ROUGE, LA

   Perform computer program and job development, modification, conversion, and documentation. Test new or modified program and job functions. Install computer software code into production. Areas of responsibility were insurance payments, loan records, payroll, and agent performance bonuses.

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Excited to be part of the group. My name is Josh, I'm a lawyer in Los Angeles, CA. AMA! Looking forward to meeting new people and contributing to the AARP community. Let's connect!

 

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Hello everybody!!!

 

I am Eduardo Chavez-Guerrero and live in San Antonio.

 

I need help in finding affordable housing. I currently live in a very nice gated comunity in the North Central area. The problem in that I cannoy pay the rent ($800.00) and I'm eating my savings.

 

I live along and need a one-bedroom apartment can someone help me? Please?

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Hi to all,

 

I am a mom and nanny (grandma). I grew up in a very family oriented group so having family around is a big thing for me. The family is also very big so you get use to having people around. Many people we meet become bonus family and are welcome always. We love to geocache, and go to the coast, mountains or family's homes. This household is very nerdy. We fight the dark arts with Harry Potter, go on adventures with Doctor Who, Pokemon are our friends, we appreciate calcifer and enjoy spending time with tortoro. Star Wars and Star Trek are part of our world. We love crossing Abbey Road, with big hero 6, inside out and especially the nightmare before Christmas. Pac Man, Mario and Pooh are welcome guests. The Starry Night is something we love looking at. We travel with the hobbits and love elevensies. If you come to our home and leave hungry, it is most likely your fault because we will try and feed/hydrate you. Basically, comfort, love and fun are spoken here. 

 

I am disabled and fighting for my ssi. That seems like a never ending project. I try to keep myself into the other things though and not my health so much. I have always been the one who takes care of everyone and everything. Probably will be still at my own funeral.  It is nice to "meet" you all.

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Hello, My Name is Robin L. Gooch from Bridge City Texas.  I just joined AARP today.  My 50th birthday was Monday.  

I am looking for some advice about losing a family member namely a mother.  I am having a horrible time.  I lost her in Sept of last year unexpectedly.  Just need a shoulder to lean on or an ear to bend.  Thank you. 

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I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad when I was 20 in 1971 but we had to watch him suffer, he was 45. I lost my Mom in 2008, she was 82 and struggled with alzheimers for 11 years. Be glad your mom passed unexpectedly. You are never ready but atleast she didn't suffer. Hang in there Honey. I will offer you my shoulder anytime.

 

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Ahoy Andy,

Ye know, the only thing that comes to mind, for me, for this situation (right now), is the fact that you said the volunteer work is the only bright spot in your day. Well, it occurs to me, that is that be the case, then your volunteer work IS 'what you do for you'. Do whatever it is that makes you happy, and what feels right. Take care of your partner, and do your best in  your volunteer work, as that is what you do for you -- and others.

Keep an eye on that Horizon.

Jack.

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Hi! My name is Andy and I am 52 and gay and caring for my partner who is 50 years old. We have been together for 23 years (today) and I can tell you we have we seen some good times, and recently some pretty bad ones. About 10 or so years ago my partner became disabled with a rare neuroligical disease and things seem to just have become worse and piled-up sinc. He was able to recover from the disease but soon began to have additional problems, one after the other. He hadn't been working for some years before it all started and has not worked since. I have been our sole financial provider for over 15 years and have been sole caregiver since 2006.

 

We both drank heavily most of our lives and decided to get sober about 6 months apart, roughly 7 years ago. I stayed sober and he relapsed after about 5 years, about 2 years ago. His drinking finally caught up with his liver and it failed at the beginning of this year.

 

The liver failure caused a "leaky" right heart valve which caused high blood pressure in the lungs, stalling the liver transplant evaluation that was already underway. The liver doctors will not evaluate for transplant unless they know he will be "operable", and he will not be operable until the lung and heart situation are stabalized.

 

That was six months ago and my partner has been home for the last 4 months and is on several medications to keep his liver functioning and his system compensating, while the doctors try to bring down the pressure in the lungs. We entered my partner into a medical trial for additional medicine for the lung problem in hopes of getting better care and that it may heal the problem quicker.

 

It has been a rough time caring for and watching someone who is gradually becoming less able to care for themselves despite all my best efforts. It is exhausting and frustrating and sometimes downright depressing.

 

I have a full-time job as a technical professional and I also spend a good portion of my free time giving back to the communiity that has freely given me my sobriety. I am thankful that the powers that be decided it was just the right time for me to be a sober friend to my partner. I am grateful for the higher-power that I found on my journey and for the fellowship and support that comes along with it.

 

Nevertheless, the feelings of inadequacy, guilt, anger, fear and uncertainty remain! I am putting all my efforts into caring for my partner and none into caring for my physical and mental health. I put the rest of my efforts into my job and volunteer work, which leaves little time for myself. I could cut back on the volunteer time but that is often the only bright part of my day. I am saying all this not to garner sympathy but just as a way to introduce myself and my situation, and state of mind. I am willing to take all advice and also willing to share my experience, strength and hope with whomever will listen.

 

Thanks for listening and I look forward to talking to you all!

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@a956730s  You have so much on your plate right now. I do know, it's a lot to deal with. One of the things you need to do is stay especially alert about what you are doing while driving, or using any tools, cooking, etc. When there is that much happening for your mind to deal with, it's easy to hurt yourself or cause an accident. So stay alert...

Next thing.  Find a way to get out of your head just to give your brain a break. For me, it was through listening to recorded books. There were times that my mind would have to be pulled back into focus, or a part replayed, maybe more than once. But with practice you will be able to do it. Before that, trying to sleep meant that the little hampster in my brain would be running on his wheel for most of the night. 

Then eat healthy meals and keep to as regular of a meal schedule as you can. Routine can be calming. 

Also remember to thank your higher power. Be greatful for what is, not for what is not. Stay strong. You will be getting lots of prayers and good thoughts from many people who don't know you, but feel that strength as it arrives. 

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