Making Your Money Last as Long as You Live: “Even for people who have built up a decent nest egg, deciding how to use it is one of the demands of early retirement. The good life may be within reach, but the financial logistics still require careful attention,” writes Robert Hertzberg in this New York Times story, one of a number of stories on retirement.

She Wants a Career and He Wants Golf. Now What?” looks at what happens when the first mass generation of career women reaches the traditional retirement ages of 60 to 65. Fran Hawthorne writes:

Experts on aging say that the phenomenon began about five years ago and will continue to expand as more women enter their 60s. These are the wives who swept into the work force in the late 1970s and early ’80s, just as the women’s movement was pushing open career doors. Many had stayed home taking care of the house and family, and often, like Ms. Rubinger, put off entering the work force until their children were in school, in college or even grown.

“In the past, other generations for the most part only had to deal with one retirement,” said Phyllis Moen, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota. But nowadays, when the husband is ready to relax after four decades of work, the wife might have barely begun her working life. “Wives often feel, I finally got rid of the kids, I’m finally moving up in the job, and I don’t want to retire,” Dr. Moen said. “There’s just a mismatch between the two.”

Other stories include a look at programs to hold onto older workers; testing the waters through internships designed for transitioning adults; building an insurance bridge between retirement and Medicare; and retirement — a dirty word?



Women in Politics – Changing the Conversation
: Madeleine Kunin, the former Vermont governor and ambassador to Switzerland, has a new book out on women and politics, “Pearls, Politics & Power: How Women Can Win and Lead.”

Sally Pollack writes in the Burlington Free Press:

Kunin, 74, a professor-at-large at the University of Vermont, was elected to the Vermont Legislature in 1972. In her book, she wrote that she ran for office because she was “inspired by two revolutions — the feminist movement and the environmental movement.”

In 1984, Kunin ran for governor a second time, having lost the race in 1982. “I ran to prove I could win;” she wrote, “that I could erase the word defeat.”

This time she won the election to become the first (and only) woman governor of Vermont.

“We had opened the floodgates, and I thought there would be a whole armada of women behind me,” Kunin said on the telephone. “And I don’t see it. That’s one of the reasons I wrote this book. Because the pace has been so glacial.”

What Constitutes Women’s Issues?: From Women’s eNews: “Breadwinners might dwell on the unmet need for high-quality affordable child care. Caregivers might talk about their social contributions being undervalued and having no safety net. Women in every walk of life who are not safe at home might focus on the failure of the legal system to offer better protection. How will such concerns be met by the next president? That’s the big question behind all the following queries from readers, staffers and advocates gathered by Women’s eNews.”

Check out the intelligent questions on topics ranging from cervical cancer to the ERA, all of which were discussed at a nonpartisan forum yesterday in Pennsylvania that representatives of both Democratic candidates were expected to attend. Naomi Dagen Bloom submitted a great question about targeting the concerns older women. And Bobbie Sackman, director of public policy at the Council of Senior Centers and Services, asked:

A Met Life study a number of years ago coined the term “caregiver glass ceiling” meaning that thousands of women lose about $700,000 during their career due to elder caregiving responsibilities: they don’t take a promotion, work part time or leave work altogether; spend their own money; become stressed and sometimes depressed.

How would you help family caregivers, who are mostly women, take care of elderly parents, spouses, partners and relatives? What services would you fund in local communities to help elders age in place in their homes and communities with dignity?

Plus: The Press of Atlantic City looks at the polling power of women.

Breast Checks Benefit Women Over 70: The BBC reports on a new Dutch study that suggests screening women in their early 70s for breast cancer does save lives.

Exercise as Aging Deterrent: “While cosmetic surgeons and cosmetic companies would have you believe that resurfacing is all you need, as in most things, applying a Band-Aid doesn’t necessarily improve the underlying condition,” writes Amy Moon at the San Francisco Chronicle. “Rather than the fountain of youth, perhaps we’d be better off seeking the foundation of youth.”

Moon continues: “Perhaps you already know that taking a daily brisk walk can help keep you in shape, not to mention stave off heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. But new scientific evidence suggests that exercise is helpful because it keeps you younger on a cellular level.”

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