If you’ve never visited Meetup.com, you’ve missed the opportunity to meet like-minded people in your local community for fun, companionship, networking, business training, sports, or perhaps even romance. The site allows you to search by locale and by interest, and to set up alerts for new groups whose hobbies or interests you share.
In Phoenix alone there are 1,065 different Meetup groups. Within a 10 mile radius 61 hiking groups meet regularly. Of these the 126 metro-area dance groups vary from ballroom to country, disco and hustle to swing. There’s even a Swingin’ Out Gay and Lesbian Swing Dancing Meetup Group. Entrepreneur groups include the Phoenix Young Enrepreneurs Incubator, Real Estate Investing and Marketing Entrepreneurs, The Mom-e Club in nearby Gilbert, and the Phoenix Affiliate Marketing Group. There’s a group for Senior Healthcare Professionals and even one specifically designed for NASCAR fans. Groups for those of us in the 50+ age bracket abound. Snowbird Connection was founded by a Michigan resident who resides here half the year, to meet others who do the same. The Family Caregiver and Support Group of Tempe welcomes anyone caring for family members, while Solo Seniors of the East Valley plans group events for boomer and senior singles. Continue reading “Meet Meetup”
If you’re a boomer or senior going back to work, changing jobs, or seeking part time work to supplement your retirement income, you may have a hard road ahead of you. While there are savvy recruiters who will realize that your experience and your work ethic make you an attractive candidate many will have some pre-conceived notions about you, the “old person,” as a prospective employee.
Hiring managers might well think:
Your skills are out of date – not digital or technical enough
You will learn too slowly
You are over-qualified so will want more money and then won’t stay long
You will have more insurance claims, and be out sick more often
You can dispel all of these issues with your cleverly-worded cover letter, and, should you get that interview, with the answers you provide and even the questions you ask, in the interview itself. Continue reading “50+ Job Hunt Tips”
In the fall of 2011 AARPcompleted a study of long-term care in every U.S. state with the help of the California-based non-profit The SCAN Foundation.The report ranked each state’s long-term-care services based on affordability, quality of life, support to caregivers and several other criteria. Among the states, Arizona’s overall rank was 15 – not bad at all. Those that ranked at the top were Midwest or Northwest states such as Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. The Southeast scored poorly, with the bottom three spots going to West Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi. To see the complete report, or view rankings state by state, visit LongTermScoreCard. Here’s the AZ overview: Continue reading “AZ’s Long-Term-Care Score Card”
I’m Sharon Hill, and I am delighted to present my new blog, Senior Wellth, where I will focus on topics important to boomers and seniors, in Arizona as well as other parts of the U.S. We’ll talk about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage, final expense and other insurance, fitness, second careers, entrepreneurship, budget, creating your memoirs and retirement planning and choices.
A life & health agent, my primary focus is on your health and well-being, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family will be able to honor your life at your passing – not pay your debts. A veteran journalist on senior topics, long-time work-at-home entrepreneur, oral history buff, telework and business management author and writer, and former advertising and sales & marketing manager, I am a boomer myself.
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