This week I have the second part of my 20th anniversary column where I share what I have learned from our readers over the past year.
Older workers, employment and entrepreneurship: Experience, attitude and motivation matter. A 65-year-old retired woman was happy to be hired. She noted that her experience in shipping and logistics earned her the position. She even got her requested part-time schedule. A law firm’s hiring manager said he hired a woman in the mid-1980s as a records clerk and wrote: “She’s as sharp as a bug and comes to work prepared … Her presence at the office. office affected other staff in a positive way. ; they are kinder and more patient. A woman in her 60s has been fired from her job as executive vice president of a large hotel company. In turn, she started her own business with two partners. Her message is: “Amazing Women Who Feel Rejected: Know that life goes on and there is great energy if you have the courage to overcome rejection. A new client said she and her team have more energy than the Millennials he knows.
Not all experiences have been positive. A frustrated employer failed to find “senior / mature” candidates for management and accounts payable positions. A 64-year-old woman was also frustrated. She felt that the Millennials and Gen Xers who interviewed her were age-biased and always hired younger people for the positions.
Exercise: We have received many inspiring stories. A two-year lymphoma survivor continued to train during the pandemic. After competing in numerous weightlifting competitions at the age of 70, he won the American masters weightlifting competition, setting two records for the men’s competition, at 91. A 73-year-old retired Green Beret leaned on a 225-pound bench. And then there’s a 76-year-old man’s exercise regimen: three times a week strength training consisting of deadlifts, squats, and bench press, and a 1.5 mile walk with his wife. each morning. An 80-year-old man plans to walk the LA Marathon. Several 70-year-old readers have identified their favorite exercise as pickleball, one of America’s fastest growing sports, for all ages. Obviously, not all of us can be this accomplished for a multitude of reasons, but most of us can move.
Emergency interventions: Several readers have applauded the Apple Watch for its emergency response system. When the mother of an 84-year-old reader fell, her Apple Watch called 911 and texted her children within seconds. Another writer suggested that I had done a terrible disservice by suggesting home modification, technology, and assistive devices as ways to prevent falls. He indicated that instead I should have focused on strength and endurance training. Here’s the reality: both are important.
Gratitude and Hope: “The advantage of aging is the sunrises and sunsets, walking around, listening to my surroundings, spending time with my 51-year-old wife and having a great family, ”writes a Vietnam veteran with health problems. Agent Orange. At 79, he’s grateful to have another day on earth to make a positive difference. A reader sent her 70-year-old mother the column featuring Angela Lansbury, Betty White and others. The mother called these women “awesome” and hopes to live to be 100 years old.
Briefs: It was a popular column. A 78-year-old author of two novels decided after reading the column that his next book would be a memoir. I have received notice of a reader’s current memoir about his life as an undercover intelligence agent, international trader, and jazz musician. Another reported that he had just completed a 400-page dissertation while another reader was motivated to write a dissertation of his parents who grew up in Denmark during World War II. He wanted his children to understand life without indoor plumbing, showers or hot water and the experience of having a first television and refrigerator. He asked me if that would be boring? My answer: definitely not.
Parts: In a column on the concept of happiness throughout history, one reader pointed out that I had omitted the Judeo-Christian influence. Good rectification. Another prompted a question I couldn’t answer: why did the 97-year-old mother of a person living with assistance receive jury notice? Another reader suggested the woman who needed a dog sitter while undergoing a medical procedure to contact her veternal. I have received requests to reprint sections in various newsletters and offers to print works of other people in my column.
So, dear readers, despite the pandemic, your questions and suggestions have made this year full, rich and enlightening. Tthank you for sharing your challenges, your victories and your wisdom. I am honored to be a part of your life. To the best of my ability, I will continue to provide you with the most recent information, research and perspectives on aging. And sometimes a little opinion and personal experience will be added for good measure.
To each of you – good health, joy and successful aging and always be kind to yourself and others.
Helen Dennis is a nationally recognized leader on aging, employment and new retirement issues with academic, corporate and non-profit background. Contact Helen with your questions and comments at [email protected]. Visit Helen on HelenMdennis.com and follow her on facebook.com/SuccessfulagingCommunity