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ALBANY, NY (August 31, 2012) — Having spearheaded her travels with a post-retirement, solo 8,000-mile trip to Alaska, author Barbara Traynor since served as a long-term, long-distance volunteer at a host of organizations across the country.

On Thursday, September 6th at 11 a.m., she will present a travelogue titled, “A Volunteer Lifestyle” at Eastwyck Village, located at 1720 Best Road in North Greenbush.

During the talk, Traynor will reveal organizations in the United States that offer free room and board in exchange for volunteer services. The presentation is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Call 518-874-1638 for reservations.

“Seniors often don’t realize all of the cost-effective opportunities still available to them to both serve their community and travel,” said Retirement Counselor Amy VanderPloeg. “Traynor, who combines both of these activities, truly exhibits the type of active retirement lifestyle we encourage every day here at Eastwyck.”

Author of Second Career Volunteer – A Passionate Pennywise Approach to a Unique Lifestyle, Traynor served as an administrative assistant for more than 45 years before fulfilling her retirement dream to see the country. Her recent trips have spanned Florida,Arkansas, New Mexico and Alabama.

Traynor appears locally at libraries and civic organizations. To learn more or schedule Traynor to speak, visit

Eastwyck Village, which opened in 2011, offers adult independent retirement living and implements a“Senior Engaged Life Program” to keep residents mentally and socially active. Residents have the opportunity to enjoy everything from regular speakers and outings to Pilates and cooking classes. The community is centrally located near shopping centers, tourist attractions and historic sites.

Eastwyck Village is an elegant, 144-unit senior retirement community for seniors 62 and older. Minutes from Albany, Troy and East Greenbush, the facility offers a relaxed, independent and maintenance-free lifestyle for its residents with plenty of time to participate in the activities they enjoy. For more information, call 518-874-1638 or visit