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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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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating Someone Younger
By Peter Gerstenzang
The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating Someone Younger
If you’re anything like me, in the near future, you’ll probably find yourself dating someone who is younger than you. There are, of course, any number of reasons for this. But it’s mostly because there just aren’t that many people who are older than you, unless you want to go out with someone eager to…
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How to Talk With Your Millennial Kids About Work
By Marilyn Kennedy Melia
How to Talk With Your Millennial Kids About Work
Here’s a suggestion for boomer and Gen X parents struggling to get their Millennial kids to engage in conversation with them: Ask them about their work. The trick is, however, knowing how to do it — and how not to. As the mother of two grown sons, I can attest that asking, “How’s work going?”…
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Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement
By Cynthia Drake
Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement
As a young boy, Tom Lawrence was fascinated with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist. Life had other things in store. But now, at 69, Lawrence drives each week to a building marked “Dinosaur Journey” in Fruita, Colo., walks into a laboratory and helps prepare 152-million-year-old dinosaur fossils. He’s been doing it since 2010.…
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