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How Lisa Got Her (Job) Groove Back

BACKTOWORK50+ workshop concept
Posted: 08/22/2017 by | 3 Comments

When Lisa Edmond was just shy of 18 years old, she started working at Sears, Roebuck & Co., in the still-under-construction Sears Tower in Chicago. It was 1974, and she was fresh out of high school; bright-eyed, loyal and ready to work. In 2016, more than four decades after she joined the company, Sears laid […]

The Challenges of Aging in Rural America

Posted: 08/08/2017 by | 94 Comments

Rural America is aging faster than the rest of the country. And while rural folks are known for their sense of independence and resilience, aging well in rural areas means staying connected to the community — which sometimes means relying on other people. The Challenges of Rural Aging Seniors in rural areas face many challenges […]

Self-Employment Over 50 Spells Independence

Erica Lemp
Posted: 07/12/2017 by | 1 Comment

You may think of “gaining independence” when you graduate high school or college, but have you thought about becoming more independent after 50? What would it be like to be your own boss? There are many reasons why you may want or need a career change. Maybe you’ve been laid off or need a second […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Find Your Focus

Michele Higgs Dec 2016
Posted: 05/12/2017 by | 317 Comments

Finding My Focus The theme of this section of the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit is “Find Your Focus.” We’re getting down to work now. . . . This is almost like asking yourself, “Who am I?” It is real and it is serious. The toolkit takes us through a series of exercises here to help […]

Senior Hunger: America’s Best-Kept Secret

Posted: 04/12/2017 by | No Comments

More than 10 million older adults in the U.S. face the threat of hunger every day. If you’re surprised by that statistic, you’re not alone. Even though senior hunger exists in every community across the country, it’s one of America’s best-kept secrets. That’s why AARP Foundation has designated April as Senior Hunger Awareness Month: to […]

Tech Support Scams Are on the Rise. Here’s How You Can Avoid Them.

Refuse any unsolicited tech support offers.
Posted: 04/03/2017 by | 8 Comments

Tech support scams can be convincing. For people who don’t consider themselves “tech savvy,” an unsolicited offer to fix a slow computer may seem like the answer to their prayers. Don’t get roped in.