By Cheryl Harbour
By Cheryl Harbour
Targeting Older Workers
Los Angeles-based Tengia connects seasoned workers to opportunities in industries they know well. Whether you miss having a place to make a contribution each day or need a paycheck, the goal of the company is to connect older workers with meaningful work.
A recent Gallup poll found that 74% of adults plan to work past traditional retirement age. The majority, 63%, say they will work part time, while 11% say they will continue to work full time. Times have really changed – in 1995 only 14% planned to work past retirement. We are just beginning to see the intersection of the aging of the baby boom generation, the outcome of the recession, and the lack of retirement savings for a number of older adults.
By Lori Bitter, for Silvernest & GRAND Magazine
Dr. Roger Landry spent more than 40 years as a preventive medicine doctor. If he could write a mass prescription for America’s aging population, it would likely be the title of his book: Live Long, Die Short. In a nature analogy he likes to use, he advises us to be more like a leaf . . . “become more colorful with age, make more beauty with others than alone, and then drop off the tree” when it is time. The retired Air Force colonel and surgeon is serious about aging vibrantly, and he has the data to support his recommendations.
I was recently interviewed on Maryanne Live!, a radio show that asks experts for “insights and common-sense truths” about life. Only this time, it was Maryanne who delivered the most intriguing insight. She asked me:
“Barbara, is America going through a midlife crisis?”
I hadn’t thought about it like that, and when I did, I realized Maryanne was onto something. No matter your politics, there’s no denying that our country has hit a rough patch. We’re acting out. We’re dreading an uncertain future. We’re struggling to find our place in the world, and struggling even more to figure out how we can make a difference.
Using vacation days and flex time, working boomers help out by providing child care for their adult children’s kiddies.
An unfortunate truth about family caregiving is that responsibilities between siblings when it comes to the care of parents are often unevenly and unfairly distributed. You can ask for your siblings’ help until you are blue in the face; yet some brothers and sisters flat out refuse to be of assistance or and ignore requests altogether.
My daughter was placed in my arms when I was 21 years old. I had graduated from college just one month before she was born. It was the beginning of a beautiful and complex relationship. Mother’s Day, for me, is an amazing celebration of multiple generations and complicated relationships.