In Thailand, Retirement Is Not Always a Choice

Pa’ Noi manages the neighborhood restaurant that my boyfriend, Joe, and I love here in Thailand, where I’m doing part of my master’s program in gerontology. When we arrive, she greets and seats us, and patiently waits as we, the farangs (Thai for “foreigners”), fumble through our orders. When we finish, she brings us our check and our change, and she inevitably beats the busboys to a first swipe at our table. Pa’ Noi is 71, and she’s great at …

Good News for Older Workers

Older unemployed workers saw welcome gains in the job market in September as employers expanded their payrolls by a higher than predicted 248,000 jobs. The national unemployment rate for people ages 55 and older fell last month from 4.6 percent to 3.9 percent, a bigger drop than the rate for workers overall, the government said. For men ages 55 and older, the jobless rate dipped to 4 percent in September from 4.4 percent the previous month. Last year at this time …

Bloomberg Gives Shout-Out to Older Workers

Michael Bloomberg, founder of the financial services company Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City, says younger people worry about hiring older workers. They come up with a lot of excuses, like older workers are “old school” or “won’t fit in with the culture,” but the bottom line is they don’t want older employees, Bloomberg said at a panel in New York today. >> 10 Growing Job Fields Kudos to Bloomberg for calling this out. Not only is this, er, …

On Grandparents Day, Let’s Get Connected Through Technology!

Many of us still fondly remember talking on the old-fashioned rotary dial phone with the curly cord. At one time, just about every home had one. But when it comes to the new forms of communications and technology, there is a digital divide between old and young that needs swift action. And AARP is seeking to close the gap with online training in digital technology especially suited for people who are age 50-plus. With Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 7, …

3 Ways to Impress Your Boss, the Millennial

A Labor Day message for boomers and seniors: Flip flops are coming to the workplace whether we like it or not! So predicts Haydn Shaw, author of Sticking Points, a book about the generational clash in the workplace. We might say, flip flops … no way with my ugly feet! But the reality is that millennials, all 92 million of them vs. 78 million boomers, are rapidly infiltrating the workplace. Not only that, they are increasingly becoming our bosses. A …

Obama Order Blocks Federal Contracts for Age Discrimination Violators

Contractors found to have discriminated against workers because of their age or committed other recent labor-law violations will be ineligible for federal contracts under an executive order that President Barack Obama signed today. Among the worker protections in the order: Businesses with federal contracts of $1 million or more cannot require arbitration in worker disputes involving sexual harassment and certain civil rights violations. Workers also must get basic information on their paychecks, such as deductions and hours worked, so they can verify that their …