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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Over 55: Attitudes and Facts about Later Life Work

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

You know the saying, “Growing old isn’t great but it beats the alternative.” Now is the time to recognize the societal norms that affect us, our language, our perceptions, etc., about age and work. If everyone can work toward an attitude change, then everyone can work – regardless of age. ~ Melanie Reinersman,

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FOCUS ON: Ageism and Older People

Identifying ageism for what it is is the first step in changing attitudes. Because people are working long and living longer, ageism can occur more often. Read more from Career Pivot.

JOB SEARCHING: 55 and Scared

Losing ones retirement plan (or not having one) is motivation for working harder to create the income and lifestyle that is acceptable after age 55. This man’s story showcases the thoughts and actions that resulted in career success after 55. Read the story now.

TOP TEN: Facts About Age Discrimination

Its real and its illegal. Age discrimination is experienced at work and is an obstacle to hiring. It is perceived differently by men and women, and both get some of the facts confused (e.g., it is currently legal for employers to ask someone’s age). Employers can benefit from higher levels of engagement from older workers. Read all ten facts from AARP.

ENCORE CAREERS: Changed, Not Retired

What approach might career counselors take with older clients that do not want to retire from work? Specific strategies, like looking at the big picture and maintaining a positive attitude, may help career changers. Through sharing a case study, readers see that a meaningful career after midlife is possible. Read the case in Career Convergence.


“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” - Aldous Huxley
“Education is the best provision for old age.” - Aristotle
“Save your money. You’re going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.” - Michael Caine


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