Career Day for Older Workers

We 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?

Here 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

Are 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

Yesterday, 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 …

Making Aging in Place More Feasible

Have you heard of this innovative device from Intel called Health Guide? Read about it in this article from BusinessWeek. It’s a device that was being piloted this year to help in the mission to allow seniors to age in place – where they are most comfortable. The Health Guide is like a remote doctor’s office that a patient can handle by themselves. It even includes a video phone for patients to chat with their nurse or doctor when anything …

A New Wave of Volunteerism

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees service programs, volunteering rose 1.5% in 2008. That’s great news for a statistic that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has “stayed static” for 40 years. A great story from USA Today is worth checking out – it’s all about volunteerism and I Participate, a program of which AARP is a partner. The story talks about how television networks are raising awareness of the importance …