After 37 years of service, Lee Gale Gruen, retired from her role as a probation officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ms. Gruen can be described as a motivator and go-getter, staying active and sharp in retirement through her innate personality, while pursuing her love of learning. In her senior retirement community, she is involved in a variety of activities: Physics, Philosophy, Writer’s Club, ballroom dancing lessons, and horseback riding. Lee Gale is also a writer, actor, and public speaker, all of which she began after retiring at the age of 60.
Shortly after retirement, Lee Gale enrolled in an acting class for seniors by accident. She convinced her father to begin attending acting classes with her after her mother passed away. Many stories about their magical experience can be found in her book, a memoir published in 2013, Adventures with Dad: A Father & Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class and on her website www.adventureswithdadthebook.com. Becoming an actress was a life changing experience for Lee Gale, one which has led her to motivate and encourage others to try new things.
Acting has helped Lee Gale conquer a fear she had always wanted to overcome—stage fright. As a result, she’s become a public speaker, talking to her peers about Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement and helping them find their passion. In addition, 4 years ago, Lee Gale began a free blog titled Reinventing Myself in My Retirement, which talks about her thoughts, observations, and experiences, with the objective of “helping baby boomers and seniors find joy, excitement, and satisfaction once they retire.” Her bi-weekly blog can be found at https://leegalegruen.wordpress.com. Lastly, she cannot stress enough how imperative it is to find enjoyment in senior years because of how active and stimulating it can be.