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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Older Workers-New Technology: YES THEY CAN

NEW Survey Debunks OLD Stereotype

For years, a stereotype has been fostered by the media, and now social media, that older people are just not that savvy when it comes to new technology. 

This false perception contributes to age discrimination that affects the older job seeker.

Two companies,  DROPBOX and Ipsos Mori, have surveyed more than 4,000 information workers in the U.S. and Europe about their use of technology in the workplace. 

The survey has revealed that workers aged 55+ are actually less stressed using technology in the workplace than their younger peers. The results also showed that older workers are actually BETTER at using multiple devices than their younger peers - only 13% of respondents aged 55+  reported having trouble working with multiple devices compared to 37% of 18-to-34-year olds.

If you are an older job seeker, don't PERPETUATE the stereotype of the obsolete older worker. Be sure to keep your skills AND resume up-to-date. Create your killer resume HERE.

If you haven't been in the job market lately, it might not be your job skills holding you back but your JOB HUNTING skills. CLICK HERE for a free assessment.

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Share Now: What Not to Say to Older Co-Workers

4 Ageist Phrases to Quit Saying at The Office

from U.S. News & World Report
(Editor's Note) As people delay retirement, It is becoming more important to bridge the gap between generations at the workplace. In this article in U.S.News and World Report, Susannah Snider discusses how thoughtless comments made by co-workers can be ageist and hurtful. Although the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is in place to protect older workers, it cannot prevent an occasional dig by a younger colleague when it comes to technical skills or trends.Ageist comments make people feel devalued,  they lose confidence, and work performance can be affected.
The author identifies 4 common phrases that should be avoided:
1. "You're overqualified." This statement, typically lobbed at job applicants, "is almost always code for 'You're too old,'" says Joanna Lahey, associate professor at Texas A&M University and expert on age discrimination and the relationship between age and labor market outcomes...
2. "Don't worry, you don't need to take that computer training class." Employees should avoid the assumption that older workers are technological dinosaurs who can't learn new skills.
Seasoned employees are assumed to be "adverse to change, that they won't take on new technologies," says Jessica Kriegel, author of "Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes." "But it's often older workers who are implementing the changes to the technology."
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Change Your Clocks - Keep Your Schedule

 4 Tips to Help Your Body Adjust

Studies show that it will take your body a week or more to adjust to GAINING an hour of sleep. This article from The Cleveland Clinic explains why and offers some tips for adjusting to the time change (Editor's Note).

"Nearly everyone looks forward to “falling back” and claiming that extra hour of sleep in autumn. But taking advantage of that extra rest and keeping the benefit can be tough.
Time changes in the  fall and spring inevitably alter people’s schedules, says Cleveland Clinic neurologist and sleep expert Tina Waters, MD, and it can take the body up to a week or more to adjust. Until then, falling asleep and waking up later can be harder. And, losing an hour in spring can cause even more problems....
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1. Make gradual shifts as needed
In autumn, Dr. Waters says, changing your sleep schedule isn’t necessary. Fall asleep at your normal time, and your body will feel the same when you wake...READ  THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

Sunday, October 29, 2017

NYT: Lessons on Aging Well From a 105-year Old

Robert Marchand
Joel Saget/Agence-France Press-Getty Images

Editor's Note: On January 4, 2017, Robert Marchand set a new World's Record by cycling more than 14 miles around a track in an hour - in the 105 year-plus category! This was not Mr. Marchand's first record. He had already set a world's record for the 100+ category 3 years prior when he came to the attention of a French professor of exercise science. She had a theory (untested) that if older athletes actually exercised more, they could increase their levels of fitness. Mr. Marchand agreed to participate in the study which is discussed in a recent article in The New York Times.

Mr. Marchand followed this program for two years. Then he attempted to best his own one-hour track record.
First, however, Dr. Billat and her colleagues remeasured all of the physiological markers they had tested two years before.
Mr. Marchand's VO2 Max (an accepted scientific indicator of fitness) was now about 13 percent higher than it had been before, she found, and comparable to the aerobic capacity of a healthy, average 50-year-old. He also had added to his pedaling power, increasing that measure by nearly 40 percent.
Unsurprisingly, his cycling performance subsequently also improved considerably. During his ensuing world record attempt, he pedaled for almost 17 miles, about three miles farther than he had covered during his first record-setting ride.
Read the complete article here.