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Want to be an entrepreneur? Here are some tips

Dear Readers: Last week we discussed entrepreneurship for those in the second half of life. Today’s column offers tips from experts. An important first step is to ask yourself a few questions, suggested by Mary Beth Izard, author of “BoomerPreneurs” (Acheve Consulting, 2010) as noted in a May 2012 Money Magazine article:

Entrepreneurship can be rewarding work

Dear Readers: I recently participated in a conference on a subject that just doesn’t go away – employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for those 55 and older increased from 5.9 percent in February to 6.2 percent in March. That is below the U.S. unemployment rate for all ages, which […]

Using a Cane

“A cane makes me feel old.” Some of us have heard this before.  Yet we know using a cane can be a life line. Kathy Gantner, a physical therapist with Torrance Memorial Medical Center agrees.  She strongly urges her patients to continue using a cane to walk distances, to keep pain at a minimum or […]

Resisting Change

Have you ever wondered why someone you care about deeply doesn’t do what we think is best for them?  It may appear to you that they are stubborn.  They may resist walking, socializing, getting a home companion or moving when it is clear that their home has too many levels to safely navigate. Before we […]

Elderly, single woman not lonely but still suicidal

Q: I do not like getting old. As a single woman I realize my chances of getting a partner are getting harder and harder. Unlike my female contemporaries who are happy just with their children, grandchildren, pets, hobbies, travel and job, I want romance and sexual intimacy. I have aged well until the last couple […]

Putting in a good word for what to call older adults

Question: I recently was in the grocery store when a young checkout girl called me “honey.” I found the term quite patronizing. I replied, “I’m old enough to be your mother and if I were your mother, you would have known better not to call me “honey.” Also, I had an incident occur on my […]

Adjusting to change can be especially difficult for elderly

Question: My 84-year-old cousin has been a widow for 10 years. She has been independent, positive, outgoing, attended lectures and all kinds of events – until she fell and injured her elbow. Although she recovered from the fall and injury, something has changed. She has stopped driving and now has a housekeeper who drives her. […]

The joke is on those who belittle older adults

Dear Readers: Over the years, many have asked me to comment on public policy issues, political debates and other contemporary topics. My response has been the same: “I write about successful aging and avoid taking sides on important and often controversial issues.” This week I’d like to change my tune, at least for this one […]

Change perception of cane use to ‘can do’

Question: I am a 76-year-old woman who recently had back surgery. Before my back problems I was active and physically fit. Although I am grateful I can walk, I am unhappy using a cane. It makes me feel old and I wonder if others now see me as an old woman. Being 76 doesn’t make […]

Ask doctors, pharmacists for medication details

Dear readers: This week’s column continues our discussion of medication and older adults. The question is: What can we do to reduce chances of medication errors and complications? We know that as we age, we take more medicine. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of more than 17,000 older adults found that of the 89 percent […]