Changing Reasons for Firing May Be Evidence of Age Discrimination

Imagine that you are terminated from your job. You’re in your 60s. You know that it’s going to be hard to find new work. You consider filing an age-discrimination complaint. But your employer says that it’s just eliminating your position, not discriminating against you because of your age. That means your employer is acting legally, right? Well, maybe not, a federal appeals court ruled last month. In 2011, James Pierson was fired from his job as facilities manager at the …

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

AARP research consistently finds that older adults (for the purposes of the survey that’s age 45-plus) want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. >> Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter That can be done by staying put and “aging in place,” which may require making some design or decorating adjustments to your home, and by living in an “age-friendly community,” which is a city, town or neighborhood that features the types of …

Looking to Downsize? Now May Be the Time.

If you’re looking to downsize or move closer to your grandchildren, now may be the time. More people are buying existing homes and inventory is dropping. So as the spring selling season gets underway, and there are fewer homes to choose from, it’s a good time to put your house on the market. Home sales were up  nearly 1 percent in February but 10 percent over last year, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Sales haven’t been that robust since …

‘Possession Paralysis’: Why Is It So Hard To Part With … Stuff?

Are the majority of older adults hoarders? Not quite. Yet many do feel burdened by the amount of stuff they own, and it can be a major hindrance when it comes to downsizing.

Chat: How to Downsize Your Parents Who Might Be Hoarding

So we’re talking about stuff. That is, what to do withit when you or a loved one needs to move, downsize or clean up clutter. Every other Wednesday there is a Twitter chat around caregiving. Each time a different topic is discussed and those in the caregiving community – both family caregivers and caregiving professionals – weigh in. Here are highlights from the Oct. 5 that focused on downsizing, moving, decluttering a parent or loved one’s home: