What You Can Learn From Buying Coffee for Strangers

It was the typical crazy Monday morning. I was running late and didn’t even have time to make myself a cup of coffee before running out the door. Eying the short drive-through line at the Starbucks on my way to work, I determined that with a little luck, I could grab an iced latte and…

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How Employers Read Between the Lines of Your Resume

Do you know what employers are truly looking for when they search each part of a resumé? Once you understand what hiring managers are inferring from yours, you’ll be able to create a great resumé and be more likely to then get a job interview with it. Current and Past Positions Your current position tells…

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My 10th Birthday Party: Watching Nixon Resign

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest essay and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Next Avenue. I sat cross-legged on the living room floor staring at the 19-inch wood-framed television as Richard Nixon climbed aboard the presidential helicopter. He turned to face the crowd, raised both arms in a V and made his…

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Hands-Only CPR Can Be Effective in Saving Lives

As children, we learned lots of safety techniques that were easy to remember: through Mr. Yuk, we learned not to touch the liquid in the container (it was poisonous); Dick Van Dyke showed us how to stop, drop and roll if we caught on fire and by using Resusci Anne at school, we learned CPR.…

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Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Thwart These Advocates

Lonni Schicker stopped in her tracks. She had just left the library on the Minnesota college campus where she taught health administration and was headed back to her office. But she couldn’t remember where it was. “My office was in the next building, but I walked almost the entire campus and I finally called my…

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The 3 Stages of Life After 50

(The following is excerpted and adapted from How Do I Get There From Here? Planning for Retirement When the Old Rules No Longer Apply by George H. Schofield, Ph.D.) It’s an uninformed and inaccurate assumption to think about the period between age 50 and elderly as one single period. It’s as naïve as assuming all…

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Lonely and Isolated? New Tech Could Help

If an elderly person can’t drive, he or she may feel lonely and isolated. Sometimes a pet can help lift spirits, but sometimes a pet is too much work. It wouldn’t be quite fair to say “there’s an app for that,” but technology is working on a solution: Robotic companions. Two of the biggest hits…

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Why People Over 50 Tutor and You Might Want To

I’m a big fan of people over 50 tutoring young people and adults. As best as I can tell, quite a few 50+ people are interested in tutoring and many already do it. But I’ve wondered for a while why people in midlife choose to tutor. A new survey, from the Wyzant online-based company of…

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