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May 4, 2016
"That's Ageism" Courtesy of Boomers Leading Change in Health May 2016 Newsletter
Dear Friends, Someone I know--who's on the verge of turning 60--is in the midst of a career transition. One of his biggest concerns is that potential employers might think he's too old--a concern I've heard from many people (including a number of our volunteers), but one I've tried not to focus on, optimist that I am. Recently my friend applied for a position he was eminently qualified for--and, according to a junior member of the recruitment firm hired to conduct the search, an outstanding candidate for the job. In fact, the recruiter said he couldn't wait to tell his boss about my friend, he was that excited.
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April 30, 2016
Want to stay mentally sharp? Work part time
Researchers say they’ve found the secret for maintaining brain sharpness in middle and older age: a 25-hour workweek. Part-time work represents the sweet spot, researchers affiliated with Japanese and Australian universities found in a recent study. It offers mental stimulation without the fatigue and stress of full-time work, which can potentially damage cognitive functions. “Maybe they’re onto something,” said Gary Small, geriatric psychiatrist and director of the UCLA Longevity Center and co-author of the book, “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program.” Both chronic stress and early retirement have been identified as risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
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April 23, 2016
Multigenerational Homes That Fit Just Right
Bob and Myrna Conrad, both 65, share a house with their son Wade, 41, his wife Dana, 42, and their grandson Bryce, 21. Isn’t it crowded? Don’t they cramp one another’s style? Actually, no. “We just set some ground rules, and it’s been working great,” said Wade Conrad, who has been living with his extended family since late 2013 in a NextGen multigenerational home, built by the Lennar Corporation, in Spanaway, Wash., near Tacoma.
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March 18, 2016
4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for job seekers over 50 is having the right skills to meet a prospective employer’s needs. Last summer, I testified at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing about older workers (I wrote about it for Next Avenue) and offered a recommendation to help these applicants: let’s get additional government resources for training or retraining, so Americans in their 50s and 60s have the necessary qualifications to find work, change jobs or careers or re-enter the labor force part-time after retiring from their full-time jobs.
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February 28, 2016
4 Ways to Get Your Encore Career Off the Ground
Many people over 50 hope to use their later years to make a difference in the world — as volunteers, nonprofit employees or social entrepreneurs. Yet all too often, the path to finding meaningful encore work proves more challenging than expected.
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