Posts in category "Baby Boomers"

Ageism and Unemployment: Skills and Experience Aren’t Enough

Ageism and Unemployment: Skills and Experience Aren’t Enough
By RA Monaco Boomers have been left questioning their definition of happiness and self-worth while naively struggling to reinvent themselves for a job market that actively continues “hollowing-out” this entire stratum of society from the workforce.   Today’s job market for older adults—specifically Baby Boomers—has become an almost mystical fabrication of America.   Ignoring the collective financial... Read more »

A Cure for Ageism: Facebook

A Cure for Ageism:  Facebook
By RA Monaco There are plenty of reasons health conscious people—particularly younger Facebook users—should make it a conscious habit to avoid internalizing today’s unsettling culture of ageism.  To start, having negative stereotypes about older adults has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and, in later years heart attacks according to a 2009... Read more »

No One Over Fifty Left

No One Over Fifty Left
By RA Monaco “Middle-ageism” has become a stereotype that threatens to diminish the value of a whole—even younger—age class.   A person known to me as a director of a large corporation headquartered here in Chicago casually mentioned that since the nation’s claimed financial recovery in 2009, they had no one over fifty left on their... Read more »
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We Are All Kathleen Ann

We Are All Kathleen Ann
By RA Monaco In her recent piece, “I’m a Member of the ‘American Used-to-Haves,’” Kathleen Ann justifiably lashes out at a disconnected Republican Congress.   Her partially misplaced anger faintly masks a struggle to battle the depression that rings through the overtone of her words, “there’s little hope of getting a corporate job with benefits in... Read more »

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers
  By RA Monaco Frequently we hear politicians, political pundits and all knowing online bloviators attempting to shore up the credibility of their point with the third party credibility of those who drafted our Constitution—the Founding Fathers.   Hardly a night goes by when Bill O’Reilly misses the opportunity. In fact, in his recent State of... Read more »

Music: A Most Uncommon Gift

 Music: A Most Uncommon Gift
By RA Monaco It was a cornet for playing music, so I thought, yet it inspired empathy, built confidence, honored fallen heroes and saved lives, including my own. It was a cornet that became a window into the minds and hearts of the indigent and their families whose disenfranchised cultures were oppressed and ignored.  It... Read more »
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Can Women Have It All?

Can Women Have It All?
To imagine another five words that might have raised more questions with such unsuspecting simplicity is a challenge.  It’s a confusing question: “Can women have it all?” Beyond the subjective interpretation of exactly what, “have it all” might mean to a particular person—the question also begs for an answer about “women” specifically. Are we to... Read more »

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”
The President’s offer of preemptive concessions on Social Security is not merely deluded it is a second term betrayal confirming that he has joined the “looting class.”  With his lips still moist from the empty words of his Inaugural Address, he is sending seniors to the dumpsters and America on a course off the retirement... Read more »

Thinking Outside the Partisan Box

Thinking Outside the Partisan Box
Fiscal cliff negotiations have reached a standstill.  As of Sunday afternoon, Democrats say the talks have stalled over whether to include changes to how Social Security payments are calculated. Should our Social Security even be a bargaining chip on the table of a resolution of tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans? Do you actually... Read more »
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Christian Faithful Given Moral Endorsement for Divorce of Alzheimer's Spouses

Christian Faithful Given Moral Endorsement for Divorce of Alzheimer's Spouses
September 26, 2011 Televangelist Pat Robertson provoked both angry and dismissive responses after giving a moral endorsement for divorce, when a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease is “not there” anymore.  During a 700 Club broadcast this week the conservative Christian leader said, “I know it sounds cruel, but, if he’s going to do something, he should... Read more »