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As we baby boomers move into our 60’s, there’s a big conversation going on about how to age gracefully, creatively, and avoid the stereotypes that come with words like “senior citizen.” Rebecca Crichton is helping shape that conversation in the Puget Sound, Washington area, through the organization she directs, The Northwest Center for Creative Aging (NWCCA).

The NWCCA offers a wealth of educational and experiential offerings to connect people with their essential purpose, enrich the aging process and help adults in the Northwest discover new insights and a renewed sense of community with others.

In this interview, Rebecca talks about what propelled her from her work at Boeing into this second exciting “encore” career. We also talk about the challenge of finding the right words to describe this boldly creative stage of life “mid-life and beyond.” and what she has discovered works to help adults sustain their vitality.


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About my guest

Rebecca Crichton began her Encore Career as Executive Director of NWCCA after a year of retirement from her 21-year career at the Boeing Company. At Boeing, she developed and delivered curriculum and presentations about leadership development, and taught and coached managers and executives to be better leaders. She developed more than 50 presentations aimed at increasing multicultural awareness. After retiring, she volunteered with several organizations serving the aging population in Seattle, including Senior Centers, and the newly formed NEST – North East Seattle Together – one of the first Aging in Place Villages in Seattle, and taught at the Lifetime Learning Center, a school with a wide range of classes providing learning to older adults. Since becoming the ED of NWCCA, Crichton has increased visibility of the organization, taught at many venues in Seattle, and continues to expand the ways that NWCCA serves both providers and recipients of learning related to Positive and Creative Aging.

 

The Show Notes

Find out more about Rebecca and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging at http://nwcreativeaging.org/.