By Karen E. Riggs

In Granny @ paintings , Karen Riggs - a popular professional on getting older - indicates how employers, software program engineers, and public coverage makers are pondering the jobs older adults may well play within the place of work of the long run - and asks even if these at the entrance strains of company lifestyles are literally searching for the pursuits of a greying group. She additionally examines dominant ideals approximately getting older and know-how as visible in pop culture, starting from motion pictures like Cocoon and area Cowboys to speciality web pages and magazines aimed toward older employees.

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And as a result older workers who are in good health and qualified are not looked upon as being the asset they are. Plus the health ins. Business doesn’t like insuring older workers. Its a catch 22 if there ever was one. But there has got to be a way to make it work, maybe working at home? My dad was laid off at 50 something years ago—couldn’t find a job no matter how hard he tried. And he went into a business for himself. His business went over great for him and it ended up to be a blessing in LOST BOOMERS IN SPACE • 41 disguise.

Personal loss narratives almost always carried with them some “proof” of the dominance of age discrimination in the workplace, either in hiring, among co-workers, or in firing or laying off employees. Some posters attempted to work through underlying reasons for the discrimination, such as cultural perceptions that older workers cost more in salary and health and pension benefits, do not learn or work as fast, and take more sick time. Almost universally, such perceptions received strong counterintuitive exclamations from the communities’ members.

On a different page, older workers are directed to “Pursue Lifelong Learning,” with an emphasis on the need to catch up to changes that technology has brought to their work. “Retool! Retrain! ” they are advised, and information about distance learning opportunities and access to career learning centers in their communities direct them how. Presumably, most users who access this site already have some computer skills and probably an email account. The site goes into little detail about what kinds of training might be useful, and it might well function as a feel-good piece for users who have already become motivated enough to acquire a fair amount of skill in using new technology.

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