How Washington is leading the way on phased retirement

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Gwendolyn Ross will turn 66 in November, but she isn’t ready to retire. A deputy comptroller for the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami Beach, Florida, she hopes to work until she’s 70 – but she would like to cut back her hours. “I have some health issues that require a lot of visits to the […]

How an aging population could be tonic for the economy

Paul Irving, president of the Milken Institute

Economists worry about something called the economic dependency ratio – the number of people over age 65 to 100 working age people. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the ratio will jump sharply in the years ahead as the population gets grayer – from 22 in 2010 to 35 in 2030. The total dependency ratio, […]

A holiday reading list for the retiree on your list

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Now that the baby boomer age wave is crashing ashore, Americans are retiring by the boatload. About 10,000 of us will turn 65 every day for the next 17 years, the Pew Research Center tells us. If someone on your gift list is hitting the beach this holiday season, a little guidance is in order […]

How to navigate benefits if you’re working past age 65

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It’s no secret that Americans are working longer. But some are working well past traditional retirement age: the fastest-growing segment of the labor force is workers over age 65, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – and the growth is especially pronounced among workers over age 70. Working longer certainly can boost the […]

Best place to work after age 50? Healthcare, says AARP

Phil Lenowitz works in Bethesda, Maryland, but a year ago he moved to Asheville, North Carolina. At age 63, Lenowitz spends three weeks each month in Bethesda, where he is deputy director of human resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and one week in Asheville with his wife Peggy, 62. Lenowitz is on […]

How to fight age discrimination in your workplace

Older Americans are being urged to repair their retirements by working longer. But it’s difficult to do in a tough economy, and one cause is illegal age discrimination by employers. The number of age discrimination complaints filed annually with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, surged during the recession of 2008, and in […]

Employer worry about worker retirement readiness is growing

The market crash of 2008 was a wake-up call for many 401(k) account-holders. At Aetna Inc., it raised awareness that some of its own employees might lack the financial preparation necessary for retirement. “The crash put a magnifying glass on 401(k)s and account balances,” says Carol Klusek, head of retirement and financial benefits at the […]

Economist points to 15 fastest-growth career opportunities for 50+ workers

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If you train for it, the jobs will come. That’s the upshot of a new economic study that attempts to answer one of the toughest questions facing mid-life Americans: Will training for a new career pay off in the form of new career opportunities in a recession-wracked economy? It’s a critical question for workers in […]

Tips for finding a job after age 50: Here’s the wisdom of the crowd

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Finding a job is challenging for anyone in tough economic times but it’s harder if you’re over age 50. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate based on age, but any older job-seeker will tell you it happens every day. That reality is colliding with the intent of baby boomers, most of whom hope—and need—to keep […]

Employment resources for older workers

There’s no shortage of services that help 50+ and retired workers seek out employment. This week’s column focuses on YourEncore, a specialized company that recruits scientists and engineers for consulting projects. But 50+ job services vary from very specialized services like YourEncore to general job boards such as Seniors4Hire. Here’s a partial list of 50+ […]