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Do You Really Need That Back Surgery?
By Nancy Crotti
Do You Really Need That Back Surgery?
Patients and their families presented with the prospect of back surgery should ask lots of questions, according to experts in the field. The approach to easing back pain depends upon the source, the severity, the persistence and the trajectory of the pain. “If it’s back pain and there’s no leg pain or minimal leg pain, then a…
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Medical Marijuana Use Drops for Those 65 and Older
By John Welsh
Medical Marijuana Use Drops for Those 65 and Older
For older adults exploring the new world of medical marijuana, age 65 seems to be a tipping point. Those under that age use the drug for medical purposes at largely the rates of other adults. Usage among people over 65 appears to drop significantly, though, perhaps because of the culture in which they came of age.
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The Undetected Influence of Generation X
By Anna Sofia Martin
The Undetected Influence of Generation X
Look around. There’s probably a Gen X’er (born between 1965 to 1981), close to you. Not that you noticed. They’re normally known as the slackers, the latchkey kids, the middle-child generation. Caught between boomers and younger Millennials, Generation X is mainly known for being neglected and ignored. But a funny thing happened on their way…
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What I Learned From My Gray Hair Experiment
By Wendy Schuman
What I Learned From My Gray Hair Experiment
Last spring, I decided it was time. I would no longer color my hair. I vowed that after my youngest child’s wedding in April, I was going to let it go silver. I’d had auburn hair since childhood and had been touching up the gray for about 15 years. I used to be able to go…
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Employers Are Rethinking Older Worker Stereotypes
By Chris Farrell
Employers Are Rethinking Older Worker Stereotypes
Surveys repeatedly show that boomers want to keep earning an income well into the traditional retirement years, often by leaving old careers behind and trying something different. And they’re increasingly doing it. The big question is: are employers ready to embrace them as employees? Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies just might be nudged into it,…
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7 Interview Tips for Older Workers to Get Temp Jobs
By Jane Davis Long
7 Interview Tips for Older Workers to Get Temp Jobs
You’ve decided to apply for temporary work in your 50s or 60s. Maybe you’re ready for a change, like the idea of trying something new every few months or just can’t find the right permanent job. One thing you need to know: There are some drastic differences between “temp” and “perm” roles, and it all…
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8 Lessons We Learned From Our First Jobs
By Liza Kaufman Hogan
8 Lessons We Learned From Our First Jobs
What was your first job? Serving fast food, delivering newspapers, cleaning hotel rooms, picking tobacco? Whatever your answer, chances are you worked hard for little pay and wouldn’t trade the experience for all the better jobs you’ve had since. In honor of Labor Day, last year we asked Next Avenue readers to share what they…
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Big Companies That Help Older Workers Finish a College Degree
By Lisa Rabasca Roepe
Big Companies That Help Older Workers Finish a College Degree
Nearly 3 ½ million Americans age 50 or older have taken some college courses but haven’t earned a degree or certificate, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Some big employers, such as Starbucks, JetBlue, Fiat/Chrysler and Pizza Hut are now helping them finish a college degree. These companies have launched programs allowing their…
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6 Steps to Reinvent Yourself After a Major Life Change
By Estelle Erasmus
6 Steps to Reinvent Yourself After a Major Life Change
I always joke with my husband that I won’t have a midlife crisis because mine was having my now seven-year-old daughter in my forties. After struggling with infertility, I then stayed home to raise her. It was daunting because I had to reinvent every aspect of my life, socially and then professionally. Based on my…
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How to Deal with Empty Nest Loneliness
By Joanna Nesbit
How to Deal with Empty Nest Loneliness
Empty nest syndrome is the grief and loneliness many parents experience when their kids head out into the world, leaving behind a ringing silence. Some people feel blue for weeks, while others get on with it after a good cry or two. Thus far, I’m the latter, but I have one more child to nudge…
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