More Bipartisan Support to Fight Age Discrimination

UPDATE: While partisan rhetoric heats up as the presidential election looms closer, it’s especially encouraging to see at least one piece of legislation get support from both sides of the aisle. The subject is age discrimination in employment decisions. Since this post was originally published in mid-July, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have stepped up as sponsors. We hope other senators from both parties will follow their lead. If your senator …

50+ Entrepreneurs Have Ripe Opportunities and Resources

If you’ve been itching to start your own business, you’re in great company. About 7.4 million Americans over the age of 50 work for themselves. And according to an AARP survey, one in six baby boomers who work for others hope to be self-employed at some point. To help, AARP is teaming up with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer access to resources and expertise. October 2 marks National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day at more than 60 sites around …

This Man Would Be Thankful to Find a Job

“I’d do anything to get a job” – or “I’d give anything to land a job.” Millions of people have said those words. Vincent Giordano has taken it a step further. I heard about Vincent and got his contact information via this ABC News story by reporter Alan Farnheim. This summer, the unemployed law firm office support assistant - with expertise running large, complex duplicating machines like you’d see at some copy shops - decided he needed to get noticed. Vincent went to …

Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Labor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …

Want Better Results at Work? Take a Vacation!

This is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. || According to a 2012 CareerBuilder.com survey, only 65 percent of full-time U.S. employees have taken or plan to take a vacation this year, down from 80 percent in 2007. There are many reasons for this downward trend-financial worries and concerns about job security-but even though these worries are justified, I still think it’s a shame that Americans are increasingly reluctant to take the time off they’ve earned. …

Isolation Hinders Recovery Process and Raises Stress Levels, Says Dr. Oz

By Becky Squires, a writer-editor for AARP Foundation || In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz said he now insists that all the patients he operates on bring someone who loves them with them to the hospital. “If you don’t have a reason for your heart to keep beating, it won’t,” the well-known heart surgeon explained, adding that there is a lot of evidence that being isolated breeds illness in our modern world. “When …