It’s Linky Sunday – put on the coffee and prepare your cursor :)
We’ve gathered up some of the week’s best stories from around the web.
Yay for older workers. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College recently conducted a study looking at whether the later retirement trend means lower productivity in the USA. A summary of the findings published last week shows that the reverse may be true: An aging workforce might in fact be a more highly skilled one. “The expectation that older workers will reduce average productivity may be fueled by the perception that the aged are less healthy, less educated, less up-to-date in their knowledge, and more fragile than the young” is not true for people who are choosing to stay in the workforce, the summary says. Click here to read the whole summary.
How to fight age discrimination. Despite the value of older workers, the number of age discrimination complaints filed annually with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2012 was running 43 percent higher than it was in 2000, fueled in part by the recession, but also by the burden that courts place on employees to prove discrimination. Reuters included a brief “how to” in a recent report on age discrimination. Click here to read it.
NYC senior summer The parks department has published a list of city pools that this summer are setting aside hours for seniors-only swimming, as well as for aquatics classes for older New Yorkers age 62 and up. Click here to review the list.
Tablet takeover. Twice as many Americans own tablets today as they did one year ago, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest stats. Across the population, 34% have an iPad, Galaxy or some other tablet computing device; among people 55 to 64, the number is 28%, and among those 65-plus, it’s 18% – and going up. There’s an upward rise in seniors smartphone ownership, too, which now is also at 18%. Click here to read more about the tablet trend.
Volunteering can lower your blood pressure. Researchers aren’t sure there’s a causal relationship – did volunteer activity lead to reduced blood pressure, or are people without blood pressure issues more likely to volunteer? – but they did find a strong correlation between volunteering and lower blod pressure and are guessing that the social connections we make when we volunteer can affect health in a positive way; in fact, volunteering could be a medicine-free way to stay healthy. Click here to read more.
The fetishization of gray hair? Artsy fashion and stylish aging are becoming bedfellows thanks to a growing interest among young fashionistas in the Advanced Stylers and older celebs among us. A slideshow on the style-and-shopping site Refinery29 highlighted “13 Silver Vixens That’ll Have You Canceling Your Next Dye Job,” a mix of early-grayers and older ladies. Click here to check out some very cool gray-haired looks.
Wow factor. Google launched a new project last week that could bring Internet to people in remote regions via balloons that surf wind currents in the stratosphere. Project Loon has been in development for two years and is being tested in New Zealand. If you want to see the future, watch the video below, and click here to read more about the history and science of Project Loon on Wired.
Hear no, see no. Hearing aids are becoming smaller and smaller (click here to see History of Hearing Aids in words and pics), but if you can’t stand the idea of putting something in your ear, you might be able to use one of the new breed of tech-enhanced Personal Sound Amplifying Products on the market. The New York Times took a look at the various types of PSAP. Click here to read it.
Protect your $. A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a new boom industry: elder financial abuse (click to read the article). Last week, the consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in conjunction with the FDIC, launched its new MoneySmart initiative designed to help seniors spot exploitative situations and deceptive financial practices. MoneySmart is designed as a teaching tool for bank employees and others working with seniors and caretakers, but you can also download it and teach your self. Click here to download.
Credit card debt. One reason for the steep rise in credit card use among older Americans is medical bills, according to research published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs. Especially for people who are not yet eligible for Medicare, a newly diagnosed medical condition is likely to lead to a rise in credit card balances. Duh? Click here to learn more.
Happy clicking, and enjoy your Sunday!