"Now is the best time for baby boomers to volunteer for the causes they were passionate about when they entered adulthood, such as the environment, gender and racial quality, poverty, peace, and social injustice. Read How Seniors are Saving the World: Retirement Activism to the Rescue! For a great source of inspiration and information." - Steve Vernon, author of Retirement Game-Changers



Thelma Reese EdD, retired professor of English and of education, created the advisory council for Hooked on Phonics and was its spokesperson in the 1990s. In that role, and as director of the Mayor's Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia, she appeared frequently on television and hosted a cable show in Philadelphia. She is the coauthor, with Barbara Fleisher, of The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Behind Mid-Life and The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities. She founded and maintains the ElderChicks blog. A mother and grandmother, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Harvey Reese, author and artist, and spends part of the year in San Mateo, California.


BJ Kittredge, MEd, is a retired consultant to the health care industry. Her professional career began in the public school classroom, where she taught elementary, middle, and high school. She was selected for the New Jersey Department of Education Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Management. She served as chair of a district-wide K-12 science curriculum development project and was a Geraldine R. Dodge fellow at Wesleyan University. She is the widow of Patrick W. Kittredge, Esq., and is a proud mother and grandmother.


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