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Caregiving Is Forcing Women 50+ to Leave the Workforce
By John Schall
Caregiving Is Forcing Women 50+ to Leave the Workforce
When employers force their employees with caregiving duties to choose between work and family, everyone loses. This can be particularly true for women, who still make up 60 percent of the family caregiver population (though men are increasingly shouldering the responsibility). Two out of every five adults — tens of millions of Americans — are…
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Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer
By Sheryl Kraft
Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer
Ricki Lewis ignored her belly fat for months, attributing the extra weight and bloat around her middle to aging and menopause. “I should have paid more attention when a well-meaning woman asked me when I was due…
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‘Elder Orphans’ Have a Harder Time Aging in Place
By Carol Marak
‘Elder Orphans’ Have a Harder Time Aging in Place
Thriving in a place that’s safe and comfortable, surrounded by cozy memories, is a natural desire of older adults. We treasure independence and want a space to call our own, and we prefer that place to reflect the person we’ve become. We understand that aging bids compromise, and once 65 hits, the changes bring reminders…
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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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