Pauley: I want to modify that question. After living expenses, what is the top item you would spend your Social Security check on?
Freedman: One item relating to the poll above, and the connection between Social Security and generosity: viewers might want to check out the website for Purpose Prize Fellow Jerry Conover's project at the Denver Foundation, Hope for Generations. Through the initiative many older Denver residents are contributing funds to support the well-being of children. Wealthier individuals are donating their Social Security checks, and even many of more modest means are tithing a portion of their income. Info at http://www.denverfoundation.org/community/page/hope-for-generations. Just another example of the generosity and caring of older Americans.
Comment from Mary: Jane -- I'm wondering if you can talk about how scary it can be to reinvent your life in midlife, even when you know it's the right thing to do.
Pauley: Mary, thinking about your question, I have three grown kids now. One of my sons just moved across the country to begin his first year as a classroom teacher. He is so excited because it is the right thing to do and he is scared to death. That’s exactly how it feels at midlife too, so do what you have to do to get yourself trained up, prepared, and just accept that uncertainty is going to be part of the equation but it’s not permanent. And good luck to you!
Comment from Bennie: Good afternoon, Jane. Thanks to you, your staff, AARP, NBC/TODAY Show and others for highlighting the efforts of my brother. The family is very proud of him and all are very appreciative for what you have done. As you have seen he is very passionate in his desire to help others.
Pauley: Thanks, Bennie. Pass it along that the feedback from our story about your brother has been terrific!
Comment from Elizabeth: I think you can start an encore career and/or develop your creative legacy project at any time. It's important to explore all the resources you currently have, what's available in your community and beyond.
Alboher: As I look at this poll, I'm interested in the disparity of numbers between those who say they'd start their own nonprofits vs. those who say they'll support a charity. I can't help thinking that in this economy, quite a lot of people are concerned about taking care of themselves and their family before giving to those they don't know. But that high number on starting a nonprofit makes me think that people want to help others -- but in a way that they have control over.
Comment from Elizabeth: Want to volunteer? AARP has a wonderful web link to a wide variety of opportunities right where you live. As mentioned, this combines both giving to others while at the same time learning more about your capabilities, personal passion and purpose. Go to http://www.createthegood.org. AARP has always been a huge supporter of volunteering and you've got to love the name: Create the Good! Cheers to all who volunteer and make the world a better place! Thank you! Elizabeth Craig
Comment from Robert: Is the TODAY Show segment aired this morning available on their web site yet?