I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been trying to make sense of this “over 50″ crap since, well, since I turned 50. Everything seemed to change for me from that day forward, and that was 7 years ago! I guess now that every cell in my body has (for all intensive purposes) “renewed” themselves, I am reborn. And ready to ROCK ‘N ROLL!
You write that retraining and career services for older Americans must be higher priorities for the government. Why?
I found that unemployed older workers who don’t qualify for SCSEP get nothing. The ones I interviewed felt completely abandoned. I’m not a policymaker, but there’s got to be some place for these people to get an opportunity for training that will help them.
What should people in their 50s and 60s be doing to help themselves?
I think people need to be more realistic about how long they will need to work or want to work and need to start thinking: ‘Will I be able to do this demanding job at 65? If not, what will I do and what should I do now to prepare for that?’
And they should take care of their bodies better for their longer lives.