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From Empty to Crowded Nest

Posted on 06/15/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAngelita has landed. Again. But this time, her target was my empty nest, and she’s arrived with a freshly printed college degree. Angelita, like my own daughter, is part of a growing number of adult children—dubbed “boomerang kids”—battling the recession by moving back home while scouring job boards for employment. I vividly recall the waves of emotion that flowed over me as she and I packed the final box before she left for college and new adventures. That night, as …

Career Paths

Posted on 03/23/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkLast week, we told you about the AARP-sponsored job fairs that are taking place all over the country in places that unemployment is highest. The job fairs are geared specifically toward older workers – and this article from U.S. News and World Report today was an interesting read! Because many older Americans are going to need to work longer to be able to finance their retirement, it might be useful to know which industries are likely to be good places …

Career Day for Older Workers

Posted on 03/17/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkWe already know that the unemployment rate of older workers has skyrocketed over the last decade. Among the statistics, this one: from January 2000 through December 2009, the number of unemployed Americans aged 55+ went increased from 490,000 to 2,114,000. Alarming. In an effort to step up and provide resources for unemployed older Americans, AARP is taking part in “Helping Experience Work@50+”! Sponsoring 48 career fairs throughout the year in 19 states – areas where the unemployment rate is 10 …

Nest Egg Rebound?

Posted on 12/16/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Money & SavingsHere is an article from Newsweek today on the bounceback of 401(k)s since the stock market has rebounded as of late. However, unfortunately, workers who are very close to retirement have accounts that have less money than they did at the end of 2007 – because their accounts had more to begin with. We’re talking about workers aged 55-64, who have been at their job at least 10 years. It may be ironic, but it also makes mathematical sense. The …

Friday Morning News at AARP

Posted on 11/20/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Bulletin TodayAre you getting all the medical screenings that are recommended for you? An article from U.S. News and World Report posted yesterday discusses a report (prepared by the CDC, AARP and AMA) that says only 25 percent of adults age 50-64 are getting recommended preventative health screenings – such as those for cancer and cholesterol levels. Since middle aged adults are the most likely to develop chronic diseases, these preventative measures are all the more important. Check out the article …

Personal Finance News this Veterans Day

Posted on 11/11/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Money & SavingsYesterday, AARP’s Director of Financial Security, Jean Stetzfand, was featured in a segment NPR’s “Tell Me More” program. Stetzfand is discussing the issue of older workers and unemployment – a topic that is gaining more and more exposure in the media recently, and obviously one that is important to AARP and its members. Read the transcript or listen to the segment here. Stetzfand discusses the fact that workers over age 55 spend more time looking for work, possibly because employers …