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Respecting Caregivers

Respecting Caregivers

I have always had respect for caregivers. It is a difficult responsibility, requiring a great deal of sacrifice and dedication. Not surprisingly, it can also result in a lot of stress and, in many cases, financial as well as physical strain that can impact the caregiver’s own well-being. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP showed me some of the numbers and really opened my eyes to how extensive the issue of caregiving actually is.
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Old Student Loans Can Come Back to Haunt Retiring Seniors

Old Student Loans Can Come Back to Haunt Retiring Seniors

The New York Times recently reported that the number of older Americans with student loan debt has almost tripled in the past nine years from 700,000 to more than two million and, during that time, that the outstanding debt grew from $8 billion to $43 billion.
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Why Work Isn’t Working

Why Work Isn’t Working

Recently I’ve written two separate posts that factor into today’s thought: that employees who feel included are more productive and that as the number of overall workers shrinks as members of the Baby Boom generation leave the workforce, the economy’s overall productivity will drop. They are related because, despite all the evidence to the contrary, employers are still not using the best practices of engagement in the workplace and people still aren’t happy with their jobs. While individuals may feel fortunate to have a job, they are also feeling discouraged, disillusioned and distracted.
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The Retirement-Economy Equation

The Retirement-Economy Equation

A lot of deep thinking has been done about the Baby Boomer generation’s approach to retirement. There’s an argument that they should retire and make way for younger workers as well as a position that is just the opposite: that the economy needs the productivity of workers born between 1946 and 1964. The website fivethirtyeight.com does an excellent job breaking down the numbers and explaining the fact that what a group of 75 million does, matters to the economy.
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Death Comes to the Party

Death Comes to the Party

I’ve posted before about having difficult conversations with loved ones – especially aging parents – about planning for end of life. It’s not an easy conversation to have, let alone start. But not knowing the wishes of your loved ones – including your spouse and children – can have devastating consequences. A lot has been written about the setting for these conversations about end of life and now there’s a new concept: Let’s Have Dinner and talk about Death. The idea came to founder Michael Hebb last year during a train ride to Seattle where he struck up a conversation with two physicians.
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