Career, Lifestyle and Travel For Over 50s

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Planning to Retire? Five Issues You Must Discuss With Your Partner

Most long term relationships have their share of communication black spots.  You learn to navigate around them, sharing day-to-day life comfortably but avoiding the issues that you suspect are likely to cause conflict or discomfort. Then suddenly the concept of retirement looms.  Someone asks you outright “Are you planning to retire soon?" or worse still “So […]

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Travel in New Zealand – Coromandel Peninsula

About 2 hours drive from Auckland New Zealand is the Coromandel Peninsula, an area of extremely beautiful scenery.   Blue seas, glorious bays, many islands dotted in bays and thriving small towns made this a highlight of our visit to New Zealand's North Island.  The official New Zealand tourism website describes the area glowingly.   "The Coromandel, with its pristine […]

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The Big Send Off

Family and Funeral Traditions I recently watched Billy Connolly’s “Big Send Off”, looking at different death and funeral traditions around the world. It was a fascinating examination of how we humans have a universal need to grieve the loss of a loved one by demonstrating how much we cared about them and recognizing their life […]

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Preparing For Possible Redundancy

It seems that the threat of redundancy is circulating in many major companies right now. With that threat comes worry and a massive sense of insecurity. No-one knows what is going to happen. No-one feels that they have any control over the decisions that are being made further up the food chain. Morale declines. Friends […]

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Travel in New Zealand: Coromandel Peninsula Cruise

We recently enjoyed a brief road trip around the central part of the North Island of New Zealand. The scenery was spectacular, the food was world class and it was a wonderful way to relax and re-energise. The Coromandel Peninsula is an area of New Zealand we had never visited before. I puzzled about why, […]

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Losing Your Job Can Be Emotional

Redundancy isn't the sort of news you expect to get by text message.  The major construction company Thiess has sent out text messages to staff working on a specific project to tell them that their services are no longer required.  The message was factual, offering information updates, a contact email and phone number, and finish dates. […]

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Are You Suffering from Information Overload?

Are you in Information Overload? I know that I am. Yes, I confess it…I am overloaded with information. But I have to also say that it's not all the time.  And most of the time I like where I am at with all of this new information coming at me. …    

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Women….Plan For Retirement, Not Burnout

Author: Renee Hills When chatting with a group of third age women recently I was struck by how few had consciously planned how they would leave the workforce. Indeed, some were struggling to deal with the reality of being physically or emotionally unable to continue in their roles and adjusting to premature retirement. One woman had […]

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Live Full, Die Empty

Thank you to my friends Greg and Fiona Scott,The Laptop Lifestyle Experts,for this thought-provoking article.  "Live Full, Die Empty" (Les Brown) Will you have any regrets on your deathbed?????? It's a morbid topic, we know, but . . . it can help form our decisions on how we live our lives right now!!!!!!!! Which is […]

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Are Baby Boomers Older, Sicker, Fatter and More Sedentary?

Baby boomers are "older, sicker, fatter and more sedentary" than the previous generation, according to Dr Beth Seidenberg's article Baby Boomers: Here’s How Digital Health Tools Can Save You Money – And Save Your Life Boomers have higher rates of chronic disease and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age, according […]

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What Can You Do If You Are Over 50 And Looking For a Job?

Any job seeker needs to be able to articulate the value they bring to an organisation, but if you are over 50 and looking for a job this is even more critical.  This video explores the areas in which you can demonstrate your value to them. Can you save them time or money? Can you improve their […]

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Coping With The Death Of Your Parents

It doesn't matter how old you are, or how emotionally mature, when a parent dies it has a huge impact on your life. I recall sitting at my mother's funeral, surrounded by a loving husband and children as well as wonderful extended family, feeling bereft. My mother was close to 90 and had Alzheimers. She […]

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Give Me Brisbane Any Day

It is wonderful to travel the world, and to dream of the places you could visit, but at the same time it is so easy to overlook the treasures that are close to home.   Brisbane is a city like that.  It doesn't have the visual magnificence of Sydney, screaming "Look at me!" whenever you go […]

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Are You The Same Person You Were Ten Years Ago?

There are few things more depressing than looking back at old photos from many years before and realising how much your appearance has changed. Visually the changes are obvious and you can't help but acknowledge them.  But the changes that take place in our psychology are much more subtle.  We are constantly changing our thoughts, […]

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What Not To Do When Making A Career Change

Are you one of the 13% of people who consider that they are in the right job?  Or, more likely, are you one of the 87% who know that their work isn’t ideal for them but put up with it?  Sometimes people unhappily endure a career that isn’t right for them for the whole of their […]

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Blogging is an Extension of Your Resume

Your resume is an essential tool in the business world. It allows you to impress potential employers and qualify for job interviews. When posted online, it can also help you find job leads. As the job market becomes more competitive, however, you need to find ways to make your application stand out in the crowd. […]

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Healthy Feet v My Hobbit Feet

My Hobbit Feet don't meet the ideal requirements for healthy feet I’ve always hated my feet.  One of my relatives (who only got away with it because his are similar) once described them as Hobbit Feet and that’s how I always think of them….short, sturdy, broad, with stubby toes (even a bit hairy if left unchecked).  […]

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Creating a Visual Resume

Think Creatively About Your Resume! In this online world sometimes you just have to think differently.  And when you are an older worker trying to find a job or a contract you definitely have to stand out from the crowd.  So I’d like to share with you a fantastic way to get yourself noticed!  I’ve […]

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Australian Baby Boomers Now Have Confidence To Retire

Baby Boomers Are Ready To Make The Giant Leap To Retirement  In Australia the share market and property market are looking stronger, and it seems that baby boomers may be feeling the love!  Around 5 years after the GFC encouraged many people to continue working longer than they had anticipated so they could continue to add […]

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Facing Redundancy: 8 Things To Do If You Think Your Job Might Be Made Redundant

You may have heard the rumours circulating at work that redundancies are about to be announced.  You have heard and wondered, but you really don’t expect that your job will be affected.  After all you know how hard you’ve worked and you believe that your work is valuable and valued.  How could they just suddenly […]

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Pinterest Marketing

Pinterest is the fastest growing social media, with fantastic marketing results being seen in many different areas of interest.  Written by social media specialist Jo Barnes, this free book offers many wonderful ideas to make your use of Pinterest powerful and fun.  This book is part of a suite of amazing information, all about working […]

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Facebook Marketing: Have You Made Friends With Facebook?

If you would like to be more active on Facebook, particularly connecting with more people and marketing gently through building relationships, this free book by Jo Barnes will be of great help to you. It is a part of an extensive suite of products, Online Marketing Academy, which has been developed by Jo to offer […]

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Are You Considering An Online Business?

Online Business Is Here To Stay Over the last ten years the world has moved online…business, learning, shopping, marketing, even ordering a takeaway dinner.   The advantages and convenience are obvious (most of the time) but what does it mean to you if you are considering business possibilities for yourself?  Increasingly baby boomers are seeing an […]

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Achieving Your Retirement Savings Goals

Retirement Savings Do you have the retirement savings that you had hoped for or expected to have by now? Daniel Goldstein's TED talk considers what we need to do to achieve our goals when that involves a battle between your present self and your future self. According to the McKinsey Global Institute two out of three baby boomers will […]

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Taking Palpitations to Heart: The Arrhythmia of Life

My body may be telling me that I’m no spring chicken, but in my mind I’m still about 41.  Why 41 you may ask?  I’ve no idea except that it was a good age to be, a time when I felt fulfilled and content with family, friends and life in general.  I sometimes wonder if […]

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Resume Tips and Job Application Tips

Resume and Interview Tips by Julie Street from Life Path Career Coaching and Clarity Career Management.  Guest blogger Julie Street provides assistance for you to prepare a job application.  This document offers concise and invaluable tips on writing a great resume, creating a powerful application, using the STAR method in preparation for writing these documents as well as […]

Baby Boomers and Digital Technology

Baby Boomers and Digital Technology

This informative Powerpoint was presented by Lee Rainie at the Boomers Business Summit in Washington DC, March 28 2012. Baby Boomers and Digital Technology from Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project