It took almost 80 years, but Barbara Beskind has defied the stereotypes of aging and is finally working in her dream job, as a designer at one of Silicon Valley’s biggest firms.
Since she was ten, she always wanted to be an inventor, but in high school was told that girls couldn’t get into engineering schools. Now, at 91-years old, she works for IDEO part-time as a design consultant specializing in products primarily for the elderly.
“Every Thursday, I feel thirty years younger,” she told NBC Today correspondent, Jenna Bush Hager.
Her retirement community provides the perfect testing ground for her ideas. She built an ingenious support device for one neighbor that helps her get up from the couch. She invented a device that uses a magnifying glass with a modified clip board so she can read the newspaper.
“Two years ago, she read about the Silicon Valley design firm IDEO and decided to apply for a job at the firm, which is famous for designing the first mouse for Apple,” reports Bush Hager.
This is her fifth career, having served in the Army and as an occupational therapist, but by far, this is her best job yet.
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