One Nation Under Google: “Online, ‘We the people …’ takes on a whole new meaning,” writes the Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas, in this engaging look at how the internet has changed political participation and our understanding of issues.

Americans Delay Retirement: “As the falling real-estate and stock markets erode their savings, many aging Americans are delaying retirement, electing labor over leisure in uncertain times,” reports the Wall Street Journal. It’s a fact-filled piece full of housing market and employment data.

Jennifer Levitz writes:

According to economists and demographers, a huge exodus from the work force should be happening. The first of 78 million baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, passed the 60-year-old mark two years ago. And 2008 was expected to be a banner retirement year, with the oldest boomers reaching 62 — the earliest age for collecting Social Security. When the first boomer drew a benefit on Feb. 12, the Social Security Administration described it as the start of “America’s silver tsunami.”

The giant gray wave is still an inevitability. But it has run into a breakwall. Investment advisers and retirement planners at more than a dozen firms, including Charles Schwab Corp., Edward Jones and Merrill Lynch & Co., say they are seeing large numbers of older workers put off retirement as the housing and stock-market troubles have deepened.

Plus: WSJ is hosting a discussion on savings and delayed retirement.

Elder Blogs and Blogging: Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By is appearing tonight on the “Brian Lehrer Live” show (7:30 p.m. EST) to discuss elderblogging. New Yorkers can watch on Time Warner CUNY-TV channel 75. Not in New York? Watch the live video feed or catch the program later on Lehrer’s video blog.

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall: She turns 74 on Thursday, but Jane Goodall retains a wide-eyed wonder about the world. In this Q&A with the Chicago Tribune, Goodall discusses environmental policies, her research and her legacy.

Power Surge: Toronto Star columnist Antonia Zerbisias and reporter Judy Gerstel debate the pros and cons of menopause. Says Gerstel:

[M]aybe I’ve just been lucky with menopause but I think women make too much about the symptoms. Like pregnancy, it’s temporary. It’s really only about one out of 10 women who suffers so much she needs drugs to manage. C’mon, toughing it out isn’t so terrible. But you know what can be pretty awful? Being seen as “an older woman” – which often means not being seen at all.

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  • Elaine L April 7, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    We LOVE your site Ronni!

  • Ronni Bennett April 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention of my appearance on the Brian Lehrer Live show. He made it a pleasure and I love getting the word out to more people about elderblogging, which your mention undoubtedly helped.