Art of Aging: Life after retirement

In this week's Art of Aging, Lisa Thomas-Laury meets a woman who's stitched together a meaningful life in her later years.
In this week's Art of Aging, Lisa Thomas-Laury meets a woman who's stitched together a meaningful life in her later years.

Experts say if you're bored, post retirement, then un-retire. It doesn't have to be a paying job, just something that gives your life purpose.

For Jeannette Placek of Hatboro,Pennsylvania, that something was needlework.

"...and by the way my dad taught me to knit, crochet and sew," said Jeanette.

She's stitched everything from chocolates and cupcakes to hamburgers and hotdogs.

Her real passion, Jeannette says, "is making hats for underprivileged children.

She also makes lap robes for patients at Abington Hospice, including one she made for a veteran.

Abington supplies the yarn and Jeannette, a resident of Wesley Enhanced Living community, recruits the volunteer needle crafters.

Jeannette says, "When new residents come in I go after them and ask, do you do any kind of needle work? Come and join us!"

She says helping others, helps her.

"It's rewarding to me. Makes me feel good," added Jeannette.

For more volunteer opportunities for seniors, go to the Art of Aging section.








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