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Ruthan Brodsky
I am a freelancewriter, specializing in health and medical issues, who has this wonderful ability to take complicated topics and make them easily understood.
Interests: travel, opera, theatre, tennis, time with family and friends, cooking, golf with husband and friends, and reading. i’m a newbie bridge player.
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We're usually surprised to find out that most of us are notified in advanced about the negative events that take place in our lives. Remember the yellow alerts in the old Star Trek television series? We may not pay attention but we usually get signs that something is going to happen. It could be our intuition or other people telling us that something isn't right. Most of the time we ignore those signals so that when something does happen we are surprised and stressed, very stressed. Your choices are to pay attention to what is taking place around you and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
Managing your stress is important at any age but it's particularly important through middle age and as you get older. The reason why makes a great deal of common sense. As you age your organs and your body parts also age. Your immune system isn't quite as good as it was when you were 25. Your joints aren't as flexible as they were when you were 25. Your mental and physical reactions take slightly longer. NOTHING IS WRONG WITH YOU as you get older. You just can't do the things you used to do the way you used to do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
Stress cannot be eliminated no matter what your life stage, but it can be controlled. There is also a very good chance that stress can be reduced to a level that is manageable in your retirement. On the other hand, if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting the results you've always gotten. If you think about it, if what you are doing was going to reduce your stress, your stress should already be reduced. If it's not, you're going to have to do something different. The first issue to deal with to reduce your stress is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
Many readers have told me that they were very surprised to find periods of time in their retirement when it was very stressful. They expected to live a life of satisfaction, exploring new challenges and watching the leaves change color. They found retirement wasn't like the promises and, as a result, encountered much stress and some depression. I think one of the biggest myths in life is that when we retire we're entitled to live the rest of our lives in sunshine. For sure there will be some responsibilities, especially regarding health and financial issues. But the promise of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
One of the reasons that American companies aren't hiring is that many older workers aren't retiring. Two years ago I was given an assignment by Corp business magazine to write about the nursing shortage in Michigan. After one week of phone interviewing I told the editor there was no shortage because nurses who could retire were staying on the job. The thought of leaving a steady paycheck that supported yourself and 2 kids for 20 years was unthinkable. "It would be like jumping off a tall building," says Janice, who is working for her doctorate in nursing. Janet dreams about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
If you are 55 years or older and among the employed the question about when you should retire, especially if it's not mandatory, has probably crossed your mind more than once. That's probably also true for those of you still working your small business and for you professionals whether you're in healthcare, law, or massage therapy. Recent financial difficulties have highlighted the question which often means asking yourself do I need to work longer because I don't have enough money to retire? or do I need to work longer because I don't want to retire?, or do I want to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
Not everyone wants to be the boss and be the entrepreneur. If this sounds like you and you've been retired for a year or two, if you haven't kept in touch, now is the time to contact previous employers. The company knows your work and there may even be something for you on a part time basis. You may want to check out AARP. They usually publish a list of the best companies to work for if you're over 50. Your first task is to update your computer skills and learn something about social networking. Major companies use social networking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
I haven't found anyone who wants to feel tied down to a desk job, cash register, or waiting tables for the rest of their lives. First, you may have to wait a couple of years but once the economy starts recovering I think there will be a job shortage. My first hint of this is when I was recently given an assignment to write about the nursing shortage. I called the editor and said there isn't any because those who can retire are not letting go of their jobs because they need the money. Their husband may have lost a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
We are suppose to stop working at age 65…or even younger if you can make it. That was the concept embedded in our thinking by the time we were 35 and started thinking about our future. Times change. We are living longer and not too many of us can expect to live on our past performance or our savings for the next 20 or even 30 years. Even if you stash away enough cash fewer people are willing to completely leave the working world because employment has rewards beyond financial. Baby boomers and those in their 70's still have lots... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
How we came to believe we were entitled to the golden years was the topic of my last post. That began in 1950. A half century later we are in the middle of a demographic revolution. By the year 2030 the boomers will make up between 20 to 30 percent of our total population. Cries of alarm arise from every financial nook. If they continue to receive Social Security, even as young as age 62, and the government support for Medicare continues to grow, the USA is headed for a fiscal catastrophe. Medicine and technology have bestowed upon us the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
The first Sun City Retirement Community was started in January, 1959 in Arizona. Del Webb had spent $2 million into developing a community exclusively for people he called "55 and better." His company had researched their market in Florida talking to countless seniors. Psychologists and gerontologists told him he was wasting his money because people wouldn't leave their family and friends for the Arizona desert. Del Web was also questioning how he was going to get a 30-year mortgage for someone 65 years old. There were 6 model homes, small, sitting on the edge of an undeveloped golf course. When... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
With economic recovery only creeping forward and job growth moving even slower it's difficult to tell whether someone is working 4 days a week because business is bad or she's working 4 days a week to phase in 3 days next year and full retirement in 3 more years. That's the way 64 year old Dorothy wants to wean herself from her top managerial post. Working 4 days she still has time to exercise at the community center, spend time with her grandchildren at least one afternoon a week and try new hobbies. Step one is to ask your employer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
You need to know this first about gradual retirement before you read the rest of this post. There were 2 research projects on this topic that are significant. The first was published in 2002 by the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. The second was published last year, 2009, and conducted by Boston College, Center for Retirement Research. They reported that there is little evidence as to whether gradually phasing in retirement or going into retirement by way of cold turkey makes people happier. They suggest that what does matter is not the type of transition but whether the subjects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
It's not just the negative attitude of the person interviewing you which makes your chances of getting the job so small; it's also your own attitude about your age. You are probably undermining your job chances more than anthing you say in the interview because the interviewer has to hide how she feels. For instance, if your self confidence is low that is going to show up in your body language – slumped shoulders and all. Here are a few tips for you to think about before presenting yourself in an interview: First, understand that you don't have to look... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
You may be thinking about starting your own business because it's taking you so long to find another job that it just makes sense to move forward on your own. Or you may be among those who are absolutely passionate about your hobby or you have a deep interest in a subject that you can develop into a profitable business. What is important to you right now is to have control over your time, your life, and particularly your work environment. If this sounds like you, you are among a growing number of retirees, downsized executives and employees who have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
It is true that you need to afford to take the time but if you can give your career change a thoughtful and systematic plan, the more options you are likely to have. For example, in this technology driven world the changes take place quickly and you may need to update your skills depending upon the type of job you want. Actually, I'm a firm believer that the best long-term strategy is lifelong learning. Check out your local college or graduate school to see what programs are offered that may interest you. There may even be on the job training... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
There were several responses to my question about what information can I provide you that will help you find a solution to changing your career. The answers were: Find a job Start my own business. How do I deal with age discrimination? My personal answer to the folks looking for a job is that they nee to do some preliminary work evaluating themselves and where they are in life and whether or not they want to make a change. I started that conversation in the last few posts and I'll finish it – for now that is – in this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
More and more people are thinking about starting a second career. This has become more obvious to me from the emails I receive especially from those who believe they have a calling. I suspect the economy is the impetus for this thinking. Part of the change, of course, is because many have lost their jobs just before retirement. Others are in retirement and find themselves needing an income. The latest group of people I have seen are those who no longer feel safe in their careers, no longer feel protected by the big corporation or union, and came to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
Whether you know it or not, you can teach old dog new tricks! Now the research tells us that the way we've been taught to study for the past 50 years, to learn something new is wrong. We all can learn better and more efficiently if we change a few things about our study habits. What's more these new study habits work for those who are six or in their 60s and 70s. There have been lots of different theories about learning especially regarding teaching and children. For instance, one of the latest is your child's learning style should match... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
In my last post I listed the following 3 steps you'll need to take if you are planning for a second career; Prepare yourself with self-assessment Research the job trends Connect with a network . Connect with a network. I'd like you to consider three more steps. The first is to upgrade your skills and education. You can do this by returning back to school and getting a degree or certificate in a specialty. You can attend seminars and conferences at different cities or in your own home on your computer. Read books in the specialty. Continually search the internet.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
I have frequently written that people work beyond their mid-sixties for many reasons. Few start a second career purely for money. They usually have many reasons including looking for something that is meaningful for themselves. Sometimes it's following a dream or a calling. It's true; the internet gurus tell you to be passionate about what you do because you won't mind the long hours and frustration. What the internet gurus didn't tell you is that passion alone for your new online business won't help you make a profit, build a following and manage moving in the right direction on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
I'm not convinced that you need to be a genius to make a contribution to humanity in your midlife and retirement. I am fairly certain, however, that you need to be passionate about whatever it is that you are doing. In my last post I wrote about the underlying motivation of many people just north of midlife to go beyond financial and engage in something to contribute to society. In the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead Books, 2009 ), Daniel Pink offers compelling support for the notion that human beings are motivated by autonomy, mastery,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
After several months in early retirement Paul started seriously thinking about the need to make a meaningful contribution to life, to be productive and be useful. Of course when people asked him why he was considering going back to work he always responded because of financial concerns. With that explanation he didn't need to talk too much. Researchers, however, have arrived at a deeper reason. In fact, as long as I can recall beginning with my studies in gerontology 23 years ago, researchers have continually concluded in dozens of studies that once we get to midlife, many of us want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
It doesn't seem unusual for someone to feel very negative about searching for a job after 18 months of not being able to find one. Most of the time it's because there are not enough jobs available. Sometimes, the problem sits on the job seekers shoulders. One of the common problems among job seekers who haven't looked for a job in a long time is that they tend to get out of focus and the tendency to keep their options wide open. They don't want to limit themselves and think that by being open to anything they will catch something.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change
It's been 24 years since John has looked for work. He received his pink slipped over a year ago and has actively searched for employment ever since. His wife still has her full time job but they still have one kid in college. Not only does he need to go back to work to pay some bills and help build a retirement fund, he wants to work. For John, the last 18 months have thrown him a huge learning curve because the process of finding a job has changed – a lot. Job searching is not what it was 20... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at From Retirement To Career Change