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About Paula Usrey

In 2004, after becoming a grandmother, Paula Usrey started an encore career as an associate professor of communication. She is also a speaker and workshop facilitator. Her topics include communication and personal life planning. In July 2017, she gave her first TEDx Talk: Your Best Life at Any Age. Please visit her website here http://visionmaps4change.com/
Latest Posts | By Paula Usrey
Securing Your Legacy: 3 Ways to Have an Impact After You’re Gone
3 weeks ago

Securing Your Legacy: 3 Ways to Have an Impact After You’re Gone

By  •  Lifestyle

As a former non-profit director, I used to help raise money for teaching and learning. One of our most successful fund-raising campaigns was a donor wall. Those who contributed a certain amount would forever have their names inscribed on a beautiful wall visible in the community. Read More

Women Over 60 Have the Power to Help Create a New Narrative About Aging… Here’s How
1 month ago

Women Over 60 Have the Power to Help Create a New Narrative About Aging… Here’s How

By  •  Mindset

When I was young, one of my mother’s favorite television programs was I Love Lucy. In this sitcom, actress Lucille Ball played the role of a scheming housewife who often used tears to soften her husband when he confronted her ‘childish’ behaviors. Not surprisingly, my own mother behaved in similar ways. Read More

Irritable Male Syndrome and Other Changes in Relationships As We Age
3 months ago

Irritable Male Syndrome and Other Changes in Relationships As We Age

By  •  Family

Just between you and me, I’ve secretly been worried that my significant other and I will get on each other’s nerves after I retire. I wasn’t planning on sharing this with anyone until last week. Read More

To Be or Not to Be Invisible After 60: The Choice Is Yours
4 months ago

To Be or Not to Be Invisible After 60: The Choice Is Yours

By  •  Mindset

A couple of years ago I realized how easily I could become an ‘invisible’ elder if I allowed that to happen. Read More

Where Are All of the Wise Elder Women Role Models for Women Over 60?
5 months ago

Where Are All of the Wise Elder Women Role Models for Women Over 60?

By  •  Mindset

Last year, one of my sons bought me an Amazon Echo Dot for my birthday. A couple of decades ago, I would never have imagined having a virtual assistant that knows my name and can play my favorite music on command. Read More

Why It’s important to Listen to Our Intuition and Inner Voice as We Get Older and Wiser
6 months ago

Why It’s important to Listen to Our Intuition and Inner Voice as We Get Older and Wiser

By  •  Mindset

What now seems like a lifetime ago, I was a volunteer for a homeless shelter located in a questionable area in downtown Portland, Oregon. Recognizing the possibility that I could get robbed, it was my naïve habit to put my purse in the trunk of the car before leaving home. Read More

Thinking About Retirement? Here’s How to Find Your Own North Star and Get More from Life
7 months ago

Thinking About Retirement? Here’s How to Find Your Own North Star and Get More from Life

By  •  Lifestyle

Last year, I met with two of my retired friends for a Saturday afternoon glass of wine. Both had retired within the previous two years. Read More

Aging Ain’t What it Used to Be… Let’s Change Aging Perceptions Together!
8 months ago

Aging Ain’t What it Used to Be… Let’s Change Aging Perceptions Together!

By  •  Mindset

I once had a speech student who argued that drivers over 60 were putting everyone else on the road at risk. He then proposed that any ‘old’ person over 60 should be forced to reapply for their driver’s license and have additional restrictions on where ‘old’ people could drive if they earned a new license. Read More

New Year. New Disciplines and a New You!
9 months ago

New Year. New Disciplines and a New You!

By  •  Lifestyle

It’s a new year, a new beginning. For a little over 40% of us, it means we’re in the midst of establishing goals for 2018. These include learning a new language, exercising more or losing a few pounds. Read More

Our Voices Matter – 4 Simple Steps to Gain Confidence as a Speaker
10 months ago

Our Voices Matter – 4 Simple Steps to Gain Confidence as a Speaker

As I walked behind two professionally dressed older men, I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. I was heading to a class that promised to address public speaking anxiety. Apparently, these two men were headed in the same direction. Read More

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