These Best Employers Value Workers Over 50

Ever ask someone a simple question about where they work and before you know it, they’ve gushed for five minutes about how much they love what they do? A great employer can make all the difference between starting Monday with pep in your step – or not. We’re betting that employees who work for one of the AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 award winners aren’t shy about telling others what makes their workplace so good. This unique awards …

Workplace Age Bias Hits Home for Boomers

[Updated 6/24] Some argue that the Great Recession is in the rear-view mirror. That’s not the case if you’re a layoff victim over a certain age and if you’ve been unemployed for nearly a year – or longer. Age bias is a concern for around two-thirds of workers over 45, as reported in The New York Times Bucks Blog and in MarketWatch’s Working Retirement column. The stories cite figures from Staying Ahead of the Curve 2013: AARP’s Multicultural Work and …

Retirement Gamble: Wake-Up Call on 401(k) Fees

Worried about how you’re going to pay for retirement? Join the club. A PBS Frontline documentary called The Retirement Gamble shows that you’re in good company. The silver lining: a brighter spotlight on hidden fees, plus information to help make the most of whatever you can sock away. Kudos to journalist Martin Smith, who ‘fessed up to the common mistake of saving for his kids’ education at the expense of his own retirement security (more on why it’s okay – and …

Boomers are Growing Segment of Aspiring Entrepreneurs

When you hear “small business start-up,” many people think of 30-something techies leaving bigger companies to go out on their own. Would it surprise you to learn that about one fourth of aspiring small business owners are in the 40 – 60 age bracket? “Of 76 million people above 50, about half have an interest in entrepreneurship,” noted Jean Setzfand, AARP’s vice president of financial security, in a USA TODAY article on encore careers. That high level of interest is one reason …

Age Wave Brings New Career Options for Boomers

A staggering number of people in the United States remain unemployed, with more workers over age 45 remaining out of work for a year or longer. As Chris Jansing explains in this segment of the NBC Nightly News “Road to Retirement” series, many Americans – especially people 50+ – are taking advantage of the age wave to reinvent their careers or strike out on their own. That was the case with Roseann Brown, 59, who now works as a fitness instructor to …

Staggering Stories of Jamaican Lottery Scams

    UPDATED March 13 with link to view episode | Who falls for something that appears too good to be true, like winning a Jamaican lottery? More people than you think. Advocacy groups, government officials and the media - most recently, venerable newsman Dan Rather - are shining a light on this despicable form of fraud and the devastating consequences on elderly victims and their families. These criminals tend to prey on seniors with fixed incomes – people who can least …