Don’t you love it when someone looks at today’s Baby Boomers and says, “Hey, they’ve got possibilities!” That’s what the Center for Productive Longevity is saying with a contest that celebrates people like us, Baby Boomers with Active Lifestyles.
There are 78 million Baby Boomers, and last year the first ones began reaching the traditional retirement age of 65. At the impressive rate of 4.2 million per year, more will continue to do so each year through 2029. Stories about how older entrepreneurs have successfully taken the new-business route may stimulate others to do the same. Stories about how people 55 and older have led inspirational lives may have a similar impact.
To showcase these great stories, the Center for Productive Longevity is organizing a nationwide competition to select the best entrepreneur success story and the best inspiring life story from people 55 and older. It’s called The Later-Life Story Contest. It just began in June, and goes through the end of August.
The Center created this contest to stimulate discussion and dialogue about how the people we’re talking about can continue adding value to their lives in an era when we are living thirty years longer than people lived a century ago. The Later-Life Story Contest is intended to achieve three objectives:
- Stimulate people to continue leading meaningful and rewarding lives after reaching the age of 55.
- Demonstrate that we can remain productively engaged and live inspiring lives into our 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, maybe even beyond.
- Change the pervasive national mindset that when people reach a certain age, they should move to the sidelines.
The contest winner in each category will be selected by a panel of three independent judges. The best stories will be posted on the Center for Productive Longevity’s websitethroughout the duration of the contest and each winner will receive $1,000 and a trophy.
If you’d like to submit a story, visit www.ctrpl.org/laterlifestorycontest and complete a submission form. Entrants must be 55 or older, have a compelling story to share, and be willing to have it posted on the website for viewing by the general public and for possible publication. The contest winners will be announced on October 1st, and will be posted at www.ctrpl.org under “Success Stories.