Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Author and psychotherapist Mary Jane Hurley Brant provides 6 suggestions on managing the stress of a job search:
1. Don't consider job loss as a personal failure. Many good, loyal, hard-working, intelligent people lost their jobs. Don't internalize it into your personal identity.
2. Concentrate on what you do well.
3. Properly grieve the lay-off as you would any loss.
4. Evaluate the old job--what you miss, what you don't want to undertake again.
6. Stay healthy. Get some rest and relaxation.
Also, consider upgrading your skills and improving your resume.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I was looking at about.com on Arthritis and found a forum on Arthritis aids. I read the reader recommendations and this is what I found to be helpful to those plagued with this common problem:
1. One-Touch can opener
2. Heated mattress pad
3. Long reach curved back scrubber
4. Sports bras with zippered fronts
7. Heated socks
For more on Arthritis and Arthritis aids and what you can do to make life easier, visit 50somethinginfo.com.
Hope this helps.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Proton therapy targets radiation directly into cancerous cells. The proton beam is more precise than traditional radiation therapy and will not damage surrounding tissue, reported Gerry Smith (McClatchy News Service).
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Andrea Bennett at Travel and Leisure says that hotels are looking to fill beds by turning to value-added promotions such as free nights and reduced rates for advanced bookings.
However, some of the best deals are offered as part of the guest recognition programs of the big hotel chains. There are bargains a-plenty if you pay with points and some hotels are reducing the number of points redeemed for a similar quality room or are even upgrading.
Look for promotions and deals available to members only (even on former blackout dates). Pointmaven.com instructs you on how to maximize hotel points and to search by plan or destination. Flyertalk.com posts up-to-the-minute loyalty program news.
AND THERE'S MORE AND EVEN BETTER NEWS...
Cheapostay.com lets you know about up to 50% hotel discounts world-over. Search by name, city, airport or landmark.
Every Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. through Wednesday at 12:00 a.m. hotels.com lists approximately 400 new discount packages when booked through them.
If you wonder about a hotel, check out travelpost.com and see how other visitors have reviewed the hotel.
Finally, visit kayak.com to view the lowest room rates each day for the next 2 months.
For the ultimate guide to travel, see this 50somethinginfo.com and select Air Travel, Buses, Cruises, International Travel, Train Travel, Travel America or Traveling With Disabilities.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
What you eat is important for colon health, according to Real Age. The fiber found in apples (pectin) appears to protect your colon from cancer-causing compounds. Choose cloudy over translucent juices because they contain more disease-fighting antioxidants.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Two of the most abused words in the English language are “financial planner.” Be warned that a number of professionals wear that title even though they shouldn’t--like insurance agents and stockbrokers.
When looking for a personal financial advisor, find one who accepts no commissions from product sales. Pay by the hour, a flat fee, an annual retainer, or a percentage of your assets.
Interview the person (this appointment should be free) to see if it is a right fit.
Consult as many sources as you can including those that can be found online.
However, if you find yourself unable to pay your bills, don’t hesitate to confer with a nonprofit credit-counseling agency for free or low-cost. Consider applying for public programs, also, to get over the hump.
For more, check out 50somethinginfo.com.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Even if you've smoked two packs a day for 40 years, you are likely to add years to your life, breathe more easily and have more energy...if you quit. You'll also have more extra money and your food will taste better.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
If you’re unable to unload your home at a fair price, renting it out may be a wise option. This way you will have help paying the monthly mortgage while waiting for the value of your home to increase, according to AARP.
Owner-turned-landlord, you are warned to:
Check comparable rentals in the area and price it right.
Screen your tenants carefully and check out their ability to handle the monthly rental payment.
Keep good records and consult your accountant about tax consequences.
Make sure you follow landlord tenant law.
Make certain that all parties are properly insured.
Use a handyman (or do it yourself) when repairs are imminent.
Factor in provision for lease/option to buy.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Miranda Hitti of WebMD Health News reported to Fox News that adults over 65 who use computers are less likely to experience depression than the non-computer savvy friends.
Probably, she asserts, this is because this group of people are more likely to connect with other people via email, chat rooms and because they are exercising their brains more (learning!).
What else did this study group reveal?
Most had higher annual household incomes and greater ease with daily tasks.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Combined with age discrimination the recession has made finding a new job a daunting task for older workers many of whom have been laid off or are driven back into the job market.
The assumption by many employers is that older workers either would not accept less than their customary salary or would be unhappy for doing so. And often the human resource staff feels that boomers are less familiar with the latest technology and social networking skills than their younger counterparts.
In response boomers have taken to deleting dates on a resume in order to land a job. They ignore ads that suggest that the position would be perfect for a recent college graduate. And they are taking steps to appear younger—even using cosmetic treatments such as botox.
Boomers are bracing and preparing themselves for the frequent question, “Aren’t you overqualified?” and are encouraged by experts to emphasize skills and achievements over the number of years of experience.
According to Associated Press Christopher Rugaber, jobseekers should be enthusiastic about the job without sounding desperate. They should also brush up on their skills and not give anyone sufficient reason to discriminate against them in any way.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I linger longingly at the stylish pointed heels but head toward the sensible comfort shoes, trying to come to terms with my unsightly, sometimes painful, bunions.
I shouldn’t be surprised that I have them. Mom does. And it’s likely my daughter will develop them too.
Because the malady responsible for angling my big toes toward my second ones is more likely to discomfort women (50% of women have bunions) and is hereditary.
Here’s how we can cope:
1. Purchase a shoe with a wider toe box.
2. Avoid heels and pointy toes
3. See a podiatrist to get specially-designed orthotics.
4. Use bunion-relief gel pads that fit over the toe.
5. Speak to a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon about the best bunion-removal surgical procedure for you. But, buyer beware. Bunions can recur.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Electronics guru Kim Komando shared some of her favorite "special effects" photography sites.
1. Although some features require paid membership Picnik provides tools that mimic certain types of film or paper. You can even insert text bubbles
2. BigHugeLabs offers dozens of tools to do mozaics, posters and puzzles.
3. MorphThing combines 2 faces into one.
4. Put someone into a movie scene or onto a poster or billboard by using FunPhotoBox.
5. Class up your photo with ornate frames. Or cut your photos into various shapes. Put your face onto the body of a weightlifter or model with LoonaPix.
6. Mozaiq does just that--make a mozaic of your photos.
7. Photovisi provides various layouts for a photo collage.
8. You don't need extra lenses (or an SLR camera) to be able to focus on your subject and blur the background. Try TiltShiftMaker.
Thanks, Kim! And for digital camera reviews, visit 50somethinginfo.com.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Allan Hoffman, Job Expert and Monster Tech, wrote an article, “Ten Ways to Keep Busy Between Jobs.”
Why? Because employers want to know how applicants spent their time while they were out of work—they want to see that you were productive with your off-time. Besides bypassing depression, discouragement and hopelessness, job seekers can influence potential bosses by demonstrating continued career involvement.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Volunteer. You give back to a cause and organization while networking with people who may be able to guide you in the right direction.
2. Join a professional organization and take a leadership position.
3. Update your skills by taking classes.
4. Take an internship particularly if you are changing careers.
5. Teach a class.
6. Be an independent consultant. Get business cards and set up a web site.
7. Join a job seekers group to exchange contacts and give support.
8. Build social networks online and offline.
9. Consider opening your own business.
10. Have fun and keep your sense of humor.
For more on employment, visit 50somethinginfo.com.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
She hasn’t been disappointed yet. I asked a former travel agent what she uses to get recommendations for accommodations and itineraries.
“Without a doubt,” she replied, “I use Karen Brown guides. The hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts aren’t inexpensive but they are always great.” She further explained that Brown doesn't cover every single country.
Finally, don't miss Spain, one of my personal favorite countries.