10 Reasons Why Autumn Is One Of The Best Seasons

Dreaming of pumpkin lattes, caramel apples, and turkey and mashed potatoes? So are we! It’s finally Autumn, a favorite season to many who enjoy the fun foods, festivities, and cooler weather.

Changing Colors

Many people love Autumn for the changing colors of leaves. Trees that were once green explode into beautiful hues of gold, red, and orange. The colors are especially breathtaking in places like the New England states, the Pocono Mountains & the Great Smoky Mountains!

 Pumpkin Everything

If you love pumpkins, then you’re in luck! Pumpkin flavors can be found everywhere in Autumn, particularly in traditional favorites like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, and in more modern treats like pumpkin-spiced teas and coffees. Be sure to get your fill before the season ends!

Delicious Desserts

Autumn is one of the best times of year for sweets. Caramel apples, taffies, and candies can be found in abundance, as well as pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie…basically any kind of pie your heart may desire. If you’re indulging in pumpkin pie this Autumn, don’t forget the whipped cream!

 

Cooler Weather

After the intense heat of the summer, it can be a relief when it finally starts to cool down. September is a great month weather-wise, as warm days start to give way to cool, crisp nights. After months of blasting the air conditioning, the beginning of Autumn often ushers in cooler breezes that allow you to finally keep the windows open.

Better Fashion

When it’s intensely hot in the summer, fashion can sometimes go by the wayside in favor of coolness and comfort. However, Autumn ushers in new fashions like jackets, sweaters, and boots that tend to be more flattering than shorts and flip flops, and more fun to wear.

Firepits

If you’re lucky enough to have a firepit on your property, or know someone who does, this is the ideal time of year to use it! There’s nothing like roasting hot dogs, brats, or marshmallows over an open fire. Be sure to take advantage now before winter comes and it’s too cold!

SOCIAL SECURITY’S PAYOFF FOR STAYING ON THE JOB

   (In the home stretch of your career, each additional year of work 

                                                                 Can make a big difference in your future benefits)

 

The single most effective way to maintain your standard of living in retirement is—ta da!—not to retire.  Or at least, not to retire as soon as you planned. A 2018 study called “The Power of Working Longer,” for instance, found that hanging on just two months longer improves your standard of living more than saving an extra 1 percent of your wages for the last 10 years of your career.

There are several reasons this might be so.  If you’re still working, you don’t have to draw on your savings to cover expenses.  You can use part of your earnings to add to your savings. And between the ages of 62 and 70, the longer you delay taking Social Security, the greater your monthly benefit.  From full retirement age until 70, for example, your benefit grows 8 percentage points for each year you put off claiming.  

But few people understand another factor that can improve their finances:  how an additional year of work can raise a key number that Social Security uses to set their benefits.

To see how those additional wages help, you need to know how Social Security calculates your benefit.  It uses an average of your highest 35 years of earnings covered by Social Security (they need not be consecutive years), starting from age 16.  An inflation adjustment is applied to the wages you earned up to age 60 to bring them in line with your current purchasing power. If you put in more than 35 years, your lowest-earning years are dropped, pulling your average earnings up.  If you put in fewer than 35 years, you get a zero for each missing year, which pulls your average down. Your 35-year average is then run through a complicated formula to produce your “primary insurance amount.” That number is the starting point for all your benefits, plus spousal and survivors benefits, based on your record.  It’s also the number from which your benefits are reduced, if you have a government pension and are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision or Government Pension Offset.

When you’re working, each year of higher earnings replaces one of your lower-earning years, so your average earnings rise.  People who aren’t working can eliminate zeros on their record by getting a job. (To see your year-by-year earnings record, register for a “my Social Security” account at ssa.gov)

Social Security reviews workers’ records every year.  If last year’s earnings knocked out a lower earnings year, your benefit will be recalculated.  If you’re currently receiving benefits, the higher payment will show up in next year’s checks.  

Adding to a work record can be especially valuable for people who spent part of their lives out of the workforce—for example, women caring for children, laid-off workers who couldn’t find new jobs right away and people who got a late start.  This strategy also works wonders for those who held low-wage jobs when they were younger but are making much more money now.  

What if your current wage is less than you used to get?  No matter. Social Security will still compute your benefit based on your highest 35 years.  You may not love working longer, but financially it’s all balloons.

(by Jane Bryant Quinn for AARP Bulletin, July/August 2019)

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES

 (Tips to help you increase your safety during a thunderstorm)

Whether you’re playing on a golf course, fishing off a boat, sitting on a beach or strolling through a park, it’s not only inconvenient but also downright dangerous to get caught outside in a thunderstorm.  And considering that all thunderstorms produce lightning, which can reach temperatures of about 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s no wonder that thunder and lightning rank high among people’s most common fears.

While the odds of getting struck and killed by lightning are relatively slim, with several dozen fatalities occurring in the U.S. annually, hundreds of people are struck and severely injured by lightning every year in our country, reports the National Weather Service (NWS).  To help you increase your safety during a thunderstorm, take cover with these precautions from the experts at the NWS.

SEEK SAFE SHELTER.  At the first rumble of thunder, lightning is present in the area—even if no rain is falling and there are blue skies overhead (there’s reason for the familiar phrase “a bolt from the blue”). So, seek immediate shelter such as a sturdy building or an enclosed metal-topped vehicle (it’s not the vehicle’s rubber tires that protect you but the metal frame through which the lightning travels and goes into the ground).  Heed the mantra “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Remain indoors for at least a half-hour after you hear the last echo of thunder. 

AVOID CONTACT WITH OBJECTS THAT ARE ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS.  When indoors, avoid plumbing (sinks, faucets, showers, etc.), and don’t use electrical equipment and appliances such as computers, stoves and corded phones.  Stay away from windows and doors, too, and remember that it’s not safe to watch a thunderstorm from a porch.

KEEP AWAY FROM HAZARDOUS AREAS.  If you’re stuck outside, reduce your risk by staying off elevated areas (hills, ridges, etc.) and steering clear of bodies of water.  Also, don’t take refuge under a rocky overhang or an isolated tree; in fact, being under a tree during a thunderstorm is a leading cause of lightning casualties.

DON’T BE LULLED INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.  The NWS no longer recommends merely crouching or squatting if you’re caught outdoors during a thunderstorm because the position doesn’t provide significant protection and gives people a false sense of security.  Also, don’t lie flat on the ground since lying flat will increase your risk of being injured by ground current. Height, pointy shape and isolation are the major factors impacting where lightning will strike. Instead of staying put, seek safe shelter.

Of course, the best way to stay safe is to avoid getting caught in a thunderstorm in the first place.  So, monitor weather forecasts, have a plan for reaching a safe shelter, and take action when a thunderstorm looms.

 

(written by Stacy Tillilie for AAA World, July/August 2019)

Pam’s Bierocks

 

Recipe By: PUSHKEMAA

Prep: 50 minutes / Cook:  25 minutes / ready in: 1 hour 30 minutes

“A German dish, these sweet dinner rolls are stuffed with ground beef, onion, and cabbage. A great alternative to the Finnish pasty!”

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Directions

  1. Prepare dough: In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Mix in sugar, margarine, egg, salt and 1/2 of the flour. Beat until smooth; add remaining flour until dough pulls together. Place in oiled bowl. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, OR let it rise for 1 hour.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, brown meat. Add onion, cabbage, salt and simmer 30 minutes. Cool until lukewarm. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) Coat a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  3. Punch down dough and divide into 20 pieces. Spread each piece of dough out on an un-floured surface and fill with approximately 2 tablespoons filling. fold dough over and seal edges. Place on prepared cookie sheet and let rise for 1 hour.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with butter and serve.

Extra-virgin olive oil

How it fights for you: A staple of the healthy Mediterranean diet, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) was considered medicinal as far back as ancient Greece. While more than 200 compounds have been teased out of extra-virgin and virgin olive oil, it’s their anti-inflammatory phenolic compounds that appear to offer up the most potent health benefits.

What to eat: Buy extra-virgin olive oil that is pungent, even a little bitter, with that back-of-throat burn. That’s how you know you’re getting polyphenols.

While there are no U.S. guidelines on intake, the European Food Safety Authority recommends 20 grams (1 1/2 tablespoons) daily.

And get this: To examine the health effects of a Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular disease, nearly 6,000 participants were assigned to either a Mediterranean diet that included 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil daily, a Mediterranean diet with a daily serving of an ounce of nuts, or a low-fat control diet. Heart disease dropped dramatically in both Mediterranean diet groups — by 30 percent, compared with the control group on a low-fat diet.

Nuts and seeds

How they fight for you: Nuts (such as almonds, cashews and peanuts) and seeds (such as flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower) are rich in healthy fats and contain a bevy of antioxidants, which indirectly fight inflammation. Nuts help reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which is prone to free radical attack and inflammation. Nut eaters tend to weigh less than people who don’t eat nuts, probably because nuts and seeds are particularly satiating. Less body fat helps stave off inflammation.

What to eat: All nuts and seeds are healthy. Walnuts contain ALA — the plant form of omega-3 fats, which is anti-inflammatory. Walnuts, as well as pecans and baru nuts (a new import from South America) are particularly rich in antioxidants. There are no official U.S. guidelines for nut consumption, but research studies show heart and other health benefits at 1 to 1 1/2 ounces daily.

And get this: Nut eaters have better heart health than people who don’t eat nuts, concluded a 2018 review of the research by Loma Linda University scientists. They noted that that people who eat about 1 3/4 ounces of nuts daily show reduced levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.

People who eat more nuts tend to weigh less, have smaller waistlines and are less likely to develop heart disease or metabolic syndrome (a cluster of risk factors such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure and excess fat deep in the abdomen, which raises risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease).

Test tube studies show that sesamin, a phytonutrient in sesame seeds, is a potent cancer-fighter, thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory abilities.

Seafood and omega-3s

How they fight for you: Fish are the highest food source of two types of omega-3s: EPA and DHA. The American diet is woefully low in these fats, which not only prevent the formation of inflammatory compounds but also help destroy them. While scientists can’t say for sure why fish eaters tend to be healthier, omega-3s get at least some of the credit.

What to eat: Follow the American Heart Association’s recommendation to have at least two 3.5-ounce (cooked) servings of fish weekly. Your best bets are high in omega-3s but low in mercury: Arctic char, mackerel (Atlantic), rainbow trout, salmon and sardines.

And get this: Large-scale nutrition surveys find that fish eaters have a lower risk of developing heart disease, dementia and depression. Some, but not all, studies detected lower levels of inflammatory compounds in their blood.

One well-known Italian study that tracked more than 20,000 men and women age 35-plus for four years found that people who ate fatty fish at least four times a week were 40 percent less likely to develop heart disease. Fatty fish was particularly protective.

Averaging just 1.76 ounces of fish daily was linked to a 16 percent lower likelihood of having depression, according to a 2016 meta-analysis of 16 studies.

Foods That Fight Inflammation

Choices that can help prevent everything from heart disease to type 2 diabetes

 

Name any common disease associated with aging — cancer, dementia, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes — and chronic inflammation will play a role.

In a way, chronic inflammation is like too much of a good thing. After all, something such as your finger swelling around a cut means that immune cells are doing their job, rushing to the scene and spewing out inflammatory compounds that kill bacteria and prevent infection.

But chronic low-grade inflammation that persists for weeks, months or years is the disease-triggering variety. Again, it’s your immune cells in action. But instead of fighting foreign bacteria, they silently attack your own body — your blood vessels, brain cells and organs included.

It’s not entirely clear why this happens, though stress is known to raise levels of inflammatory compounds in the body — as does obesity, since fat cells parked deep in the belly emit inflammatory compounds when they reach a critical mass. Genetics is known to influence your susceptibility to inflammation.

But diet plays a very big role, too, — specifically, eating too much white flour, sugar and fried foods, and not enough fruit, vegetables and fish.

But if diet can cause inflammation, it can also make a real difference in fighting it.

For instance, closely following a Mediterranean-style diet was shown to reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 34 to 61 percent in one meta-analysis of 12 specific Mediterranean diet studies by researchers at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. Big declines in the rate of heart disease have also been seen in programs combining a similar diet with smoking cessation.

Below are foods that will rally to your defense; to work, they should form the base of your diet, which, yes, should look quite a bit like the traditional Mediterranean diet in order to get the most inflammation-busting benefit.

Fruits and vegetables

How they fight for you: Their arsenal of vitamins, minerals and thousands of phytonutrients (beneficial plant compounds) prevent and attack chronic inflammation on many fronts. Some, like the carotenoids that give carrots and tomatoes their hues, act as antioxidants, which keep potentially destructive molecules called “oxidants” in check. That’s critical to our well-being because, in excess, oxidants destroy cells, give rise to chronic inflammation and in other ways put us at risk for heart disease, cancer and other killers. Other phytonutrients, like the anthocyanins in blueberries, work more directly — putting the brakes on the production of inflammatory compounds, including those produced in the brain.

And there’s more! Fiber in produce becomes a feast for bacteria in your gut, which return the favor by producing anti-inflammatory substances. And by helping keep your weight down, fruits and vegetables help you skirt obesity-induced inflammation.

What to eat: All fruits and vegetables fight inflammation in some way. The following reliably pop up as protective in large-scale diet surveys: apples, berries, citrus fruit, pears, green leafy vegetables/salads, green/yellow vegetables (such as green beans and yellow peppers), cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cabbage) and tomatoes.

While many health organizations recommend five half-cup servings daily, some research studies suggest double that amount offers the most benefits.

And get this: Building on research showing that blueberries improve a rat’s memory, researchers gave men and women ages 60 to 75 an ounce of freeze-dried blueberries per day (equivalent to one cup of fresh) to add to their usual diet. Another group got a blueberry-colored placebo. Three months later, blueberry eaters performed significantly better on tests of memory and other types of thinking. The small study was done at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and published in 2017.

Skimping on fruits and vegetables may have caused 5.6 million to 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide in 2013, according to a meta-analysis of 95 separate studies that was reported in a 2016 issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Herbs and spices

How they fight for you: Like fruits and vegetables, they’re rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. For example, rosmarinic acid — found in rosemary, thyme and other herbs — is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory.

What to eat: They all can be protective. Just to name a few: herbs such as basil, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme, and spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, hot peppers, star anise and turmeric.

Without official guidelines on portions, just use them generously when making salads, dips, curries, stews, baked fish and chicken, and other dishes.

And get this: Oregano and rosemary reduce inflammation in lab animal studies. For example, in a University of Lisbon, Portugal, study, rats ingesting rosmarinic acid had 60 percent less swelling in their paws (in reaction to an irritant) than rats not receiving the supplement.

Compared with taking a placebo, ingesting 3 grams of ginger powder in capsule form for an eight-week period reduced fasting blood sugar levels by a significant 10 percent for 40 men and women with type 2 diabetes.

The study, reported in 2014 in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, found that ginger appears to improve the body’s sensitivity to the insulin, which, in turn, leads to better blood sugar control. One proposed mechanism: It suppresses inflammatory compounds emitted by fat cells; these can make the body less responsive to insulin.

To Be Continued……

Can a Single Pill Keep you Healthy to 100?

“Here it is, the elixir of life!”  Joan Mannick drops a shiny, salmon-pink pill into my palm.  It’s RTB101, a drug developed by Mannick’s Boston-based biotech company that could change the future of aging forever.

I feel a crazy urge to pop it into my mouth.  Versions of this drug have extended the lives of countless worms, fruit flies and mice by slowing down an ancient aging process.  But unlike most other promising substances that have come and gone, this one has been shown to work in another notable species: humans.

In studies of more than 900 people by Mannick and her team, RTB101 and its cousins bolstered aging immune systems, cut risk for respiratory diseases and may have lowered the risk of urinary tract infections.  A version of the RTB101 drug could win Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as early as 2021 for a single, age-related health threat: the winter colds, flu, pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections that send over 1 million older adults to the hospital every year and kill more than 75,000.  Studies of the drug as a preventive for Parkinson’s disease and possibly heart failure are set for later this year. 

In the suddenly hot world of aging science, RTB101 is an A-list celebrity.  It’s the biggest star to emerge from the National Institutes of health’s little-known, taxpayer-funded Interventions Testing Program (ITP), which has been quietly experimenting with compounds thought to extend longevity in mice and worms at three major laboratories across the nation.  One of the best-kept secrets in aging research, the $4.7 million-a-year ITP has also debunked some big antiaging crazes, including green tea, curcumin and resveratrol. 

But RTB101 has shown real promise, as have other similar drugs.  An unprecedented number of age-defying compounds from labs across the U.S. are now heading into human clinical trials for the first time. 

“We’ve reached the perfect storm in aging science,” says physician Nir Barzilai, founding director of the Institute for Aging Research at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.  “Everything is happening. We have the foundation from decades of animal studies. We’re ready to move on to people.” 

The ultimate goal is to put the brakes on aging itself—preventing the pileup of chronic health problems, dementia and frailty that slam most of us late in life. “I want 85 to be the new 65,” says Mannick, the chief medical officer and cofounder of resTORbio, the company developing RTB101.

(by Sari Harrar for AARP Magazine, June/July 2019)

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Here is a list of fun and entertaining ideas to keep retirement anything but mundane:

  1.  Take a trip to someplace you and your spouse/friend have never been before.The fun is in the planning.  Pour your heart into researching the area thoroughly, create a comprehensive, but flexible, itinerary and have the time of your life.  The new destination should be seen as a place to discover and experience together.  Creating memories is one of the best things you can do during retirement.

  2.  Take up a new hobby.Tired of golfing Monday through Friday or water aerobics every Wednesday afternoon?  If you need something new in your life, it may be time to take up a new hobby and expand your interests.  Do something you have never done before but always wanted to try.  While jumping from an airplane may be a little risky for your taste, offer yourself something new by attending an organic gardening class, taking a painting course or learning a new card game.

  3.  Learn to make music and impress your family and friends.Who ever said you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks, did not consider music.  You are never too old to take guitar or piano lessons.  Wow your friends and family with a personal recital after dinner.  Simply choose an instrument you have always wanted to learn to play and sign up for lessons.  Before you know it, you will be making music.

  4.  Join a book club.While it may not seem like the most exciting thing to do during your retirement, the social interaction and enjoyment you get from reading a good book can do wonders for the psyche.  Aim to read a book you have always wanted to read.  Maybe you skipped the classics in school and now want to find out what all the chatter is about Mark Twain or Hemingway.

  5.  Take a course at a local college, university or trade school on a subject you may like.Many schools offer senior discounts or allow you to audit the class for no credit and a small fee.  Whether it is a pottery class or astronomy course, you will find great enjoyment learning alongside young and bright minds in a higher education environment.  Remember, you have a lot to offer these kids with your wisdom and life experience.

Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced

1 (10-ounce) bag of frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese

1/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese

4 (4-ounce) center-cut pork chops

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/2 lemon, zested

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

 

  1. Warm the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until combined, about 2 more minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Add the goat cheese and the cream cheese. Stir to combine and set aside.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket into the thickest portion of the pork chop. Stuff each pocket with 1/4 of the spinach and sun-dried tomato mixture and close the pork around the stuffing. Season the outside of the pork with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl combine the chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, and mustard.
  4. Warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the pork. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to a side dish and tent with foil to keep warm. Add the chicken broth mixture to the skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan as the chicken broth simmers. Reduce the broth by half to make a light sauce, about 8 minutes. Spoon some sauce over the pork before serving.

Working Beyond Retirement: For Money Identity and Purpose

by LiveCareer Staff Writer

Who knew my father was a pioneer? He was one of those lucky folks who was able to retire early from the Bell System with a full pension. And instead of just retiring to his garden or the golf course he reinvented himself as a part-time professor consultant and speaker. And from what career experts are now saying this new form of retirement will become more of the norm especially as the baby boomers move into retirement age and reshape the image of retired workers just as they reshaped many other aspects of life and work.

In fact Marc Freedman author of Prime Time describes how the baby boomers will transform how society views retirement — bringing about a new image of aging retirement and the role of older Americans in our society. He cites statistics that show that in just a few years the number of folks over age 50 will surpass a quarter of the U.S. population. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that baby boomers are reaching the age of 60 at the rate of one every seven seconds. Many of these folks will be searching for something beyond a leisurely retirement.

For many retirement will indeed no longer signal the end of working but more so a career and lifestyle transition where the retiree has multiple options — such as continuing to work (though perhaps at a different pace) returning to school for additional training or education changing careers venturing into entrepreneurship becoming more involved in volunteer work or simply enjoying leisure and travel possibilities — a mix of working learning relaxing and trying new things.

Dr. Ken Dychtwald author of Age Power describes the transition between working and retiring as middlescence which he says occurs to people sometime in their 50’s to 70’s. Middlescence can be a time of confusion and frustration for many workers especially those whose identity is tied directly to their jobs. But it is also a time of growth and reinvention.

For some older workers of course retirement of any sort is not an option because of financial necessity. Whether stuck in low-paying jobs with little or no retirement plans or through poor planning or other financial hardships these folks need jobs just to survive. According to a U.S. News report only half the workforce has an employer pension plan — and many of those have one have not contributed enough to it.

So how can older workers facing retirement find a new job or career?

One of the keys of course is finding an employer that both respects older workers and offers job flexibility options. And there are already a handful of employers gaining a strong reputation for hiring and valuing older workers such as Bonne Bell CVS/pharmacy Farmers Insurance Group Hoffman-La Roche John Deere Radio Shack Volkswagen of America and Wal-Mart. Healthcare security retail temporary agencies and other service sectors seem to be the norm for older workers.

AARP an organization dedicated to people aged 50 and older suggests 10 positions suited for mature workers: bank teller consultant customer greater English instructor floral assistant home-care assistant mystery shopper security screener teacher assistant and tour guide. Read more. AARP also publishes an annual list of the best employers for older workers.

A worker nearing retirement age might also look to his or her current employer for options such as bridge positions phased retirement part-time employment telecommuting or freelancing. Learn more in these sections of Quintessential Careers: Telecommuting Job Flexibility and Work-at-Home Job and Career Resources and Jobs for Consultants Freelancers and Gurus.

Another option for older workers who want to work but also want variety and new challenges is to consider temping. Temporary agencies help place you with employers who need your particular skills. A wide range of temporary agencies is available so find one that meets your criteria. You can learn more about temping in this section of Quintessential Careers: Temping Tools Advice Strategies and Resources which includes links to these articles Temping in the Golden Years and Temping: An Option for Older Workers.

If you want to continue working — but in a new career field — consider taking the time for self-assessment and career exploration. If you are unsure of your next career field examine your likes and dislikes strengths and weaknesses and consider talking with a career professional. Get more direction in these sections of our site: Career Assessment Tools and Tests and Career Exploration Tools and Resources.

And for those who want to work but are lucky enough not to need the income volunteering is a wonderful option. Volunteering is a great way to stay active while also making a significant contribution to a worthy organization. Volunteering opportunities abound in every community. Senior Corps is one such organization assisting local nonprofits public agencies and faith-based organizations in carrying out their missions by matching seniors with opportunities. For more information on volunteering go to this section of Quintessential Careers: Volunteering and Nonprofit Career Resources.

But why should you work or volunteer if you don’t have to? Experts suggest working helps older folks keep their minds and body active provide social interaction and relationships support their value system and work ethic find meaning to life and fight stereotypes that only the young are good workers.

How many boomers will keep working past traditional retirement age? Estimates range from anywhere from half to the vast majority with many boomers saying they plan to work because that’s what they want to do. And because many experts are predicting a talent shortage once these boomers retire — as both the public and private sectors brace for a mass exodus of workers by the end of this decade — there will certainly be a demand for experienced workers.

On a side note while there ought to be plenty of work for all job-seekers teens should be the most concerned about this shift. Many employers say they prefer seniors to teens because older workers are more experienced more reliable more polite more motivated and offer the most flexibility in working times.