Be sure to check out upcoming events and dates in your local community news and neighborhoods.<br />Age Diversity Facts<br />Does this increase just reflect the aging of the baby-boom population?<br />No, because in 2007 the baby-boom generation — those individuals born between 1946 and 1964 — had not yet reached the age of 65. Between 1977 and 2007, the age 65 and older civilian non-institutional population — which excludes people in nursing homes — increased by about 60 percent, somewhat faster than the civilian non-institutional population age 16 and over (46 percent). Yet employment of people 65 and over doubled while employment for everyone 16 and over increased by less than 60 percent. How can employment increase more than the population? A larger share of people 65 and older is staying in or returning to the labor force (which consists of those working or looking for work). The labor force participation rate for older workers has been rising since the late 1990s. This is especially notable because the 65-and-over labor force participation rate had been at historic lows during the 1980s and early 1990s.<br />Creating Diversity Awareness in the Workplace<br />August 2011 Newsletter<br />Are older workers choosing part-timeor full-time employment?<br />Since the mid-1990s there has been a dramatic shift in the part-time versus full-time status of the older workforce. The ratio of part-time to full-time employment among older workers was relatively steady from 1977 through 1990. Between 1990 and 1995, part-time work among older workers began trending upward with a corresponding decline in full-time employment. But after 1995, that trend began a marked reversal with full-time employment rising sharply. Between 1995 and 2007, the number of older workers on full-time work schedules nearly doubled while the number working part-time rose just 19 percent. As a result, full-timers now account for a majority among older workers: 56 percent in 2007, up from 44 percent in 1995.<br />Celebrate Age<br />The boundary between Old Age and middle age cannot be defined exactly because it does not have the same meaning in all societies. People can be defined because of certain changes in their activities or social roles. For example, people may be considered old when they become grandparents, or when they begin to do less or different work. Or when they retire, or give up playing sports or when their hair turns gray, or begin to lose eyesight.<br />Older workers…Are there more older people in the workplace?<br />Between 1977 and 2007, employment of workers 65 and over increased 101 percent, compared to a much smaller increase of 59 percent for total employment (16 and over). The number of employed men 65 and over rose 75 percent, but employment of women 65 and older increased by nearly twice as much, climbing 147 percent. While the number of employed people age 75 and over is relatively small (0.8 percent of the employed in 2007), this group had the most dramatic gain, increasing 172 percent between 1977 and 2007.<br />.<br />The Staff Management | SMX DPIC includes: Kenyatta Draper, Lupe Gonzalez, Katie Smith, Jenny Reints, Pat Lach, Avery Yancey, Dayna Corona, Jessica Lewis, Justin Schwartz, Robert Cook, Maurice Proffit, Jennifer Fielding and Lloyd Weathers<br />
Things That Get Better With Age<br />Unless you're talking about red wine or aged cheese, getting older is usually fraught with negative implications. But before you get down about getting older, think about it -- there are lots of things that improve with age. Read on, then gain a new perspective!<br />1. Wisdom: Sure, it's a little fortune cookie-ish, but consider this: You can acquire knowledge from a book, but only by living can you acquire wisdom.<br />2. Life stories: The longer you live, the more stories you have and the richer they become.<br />3. Body image: You finally start appreciating the body you have.<br />4. Attention: Studies show that selective attention does not decline with age, meaning you can focus on crucial things and resist distractions that younger people may not be able to ignore.<br />5. Expert knowledge: The information you learn about an occupation or even your favorite hobby resists the effects of aging.<br />6. Patience: You've learned that all good things come with time. So what's the hurry?<br />7. Self-esteem: The longer you live, the more things you accomplish (big and small) and the more you have to be proud of.<br />8. Resilience: Your ability to cope with stressors and disasters gets stronger with time and experience.<br />9. Acuity: When you've “been through it all,” you recognize things in life that younger people don't.<br />10. Common sense: It keeps developing as you survive the dares and risks you take throughout life.<br />11. Admiration: Not only do you admire the accomplishments of others, you also garner their admiration.<br />12. Humor: Your sense of humor gets better with age. And what's a long life without a lot of good laughs?<br />13. Friendships: They deepen with age as you further recognize and value the joy of companionship.<br />How Old Is Old Age?<br /><ul><li>How old do you feel?
The encyclopedia defines Old Age as nearing or passing the average life span of human beings.</li></ul>Demographics<br /><ul><li>In the United States, the proportion of people aged 65 or older increased from 4% in 1900 to 12% in 2000, (about 35 million).</li></ul>Coping with Old Age<br />An old saying goes, “Old Age creeps up on you like a thief in the night.” What can we do?<br /><ul><li>Take care of your body
Eat a little less, well balanced and nutritious meals. Take a sensible approach to dieting.
Eliminate bad habits (smoking, drinking, etc.)
Fight back at sickness and diseases</li></ul> Also<br /> Do useful work for the fun of it<br /> Go places<br /> Write letters<br /> Maintain & start new hobbies<br /> Read good books<br /> Community & school activities<br /> Play games, enjoy sports<br /> Go back to school, learn something new<br />Famous Figures Over the Age of 70<br /><ul><li>Michael Caine
Keep a Smile on Your Face</li></ul>Great Movies to Watch<br />With celebrating Aging during the month, check out some movies that feature some of the older actors in the business.<br />The Bucket List (2007))<br />Synopsis:Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.<br />Awards: Nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. John Mayer For the song "Say".<br />Grumpy Old Men (1993)<br />Synopsis:John and Max are elderly men living next door to each other. They're continuously arguing and insulting each other, and have been this way for over 50 years. One day, Ariel, moves into the street. Both men are attracted to her, and their rivalry steps up a gear. <br />Awards: Won the BMI Film Music Award, Alan Silvestri.<br />Space Cowboys (2000)<br />Synopsis:When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space. <br />Awards: Nominated for an Oscar in 2001 for Best Sound Editing. Won Hochi Film Award, Kinema Junpo Award, and Mainichi Film Concours for Best Foreign Film. <br />Driving Miss Daisy (1989)<br />Synopsis: An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.<br />Awards: Winner of 8 Oscars in 1990 for various categories. Winner of 3 Golden Globe Awards in 1990. Nominated for a Grammy in 1991.<br />
Susan Edlinger, Began Surfing in late 40s<br />Susan Edlinger always admired surfers but never thought she'd join them, until a personal loss motivated her to embrace the sport in her late 40s. From her blog: To my surprise, I have recently discovered what I love best about surfing, which is that surfing supplies me with endless metaphors for just about everything in my life! When I am facing a tough situation, I find myself saying, “I feel like I’m paddling into a 20 foot wave”, or when really frustrated with someone or something and want to give up, it’s “I can’t just paddle in”, or when I’m stressed and out of balance, “I’ve just got to stay in trim or make it through this section.” It’s wonderful to be able to find in surfing a variety of metaphors that can express so precisely and artfully whatever I am facing or experiencing in my life.<br />AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER<br />Aging happens. One day you realize the woman on the cover of the magazine you're reading could be your daughter. The hot guy or girl on your favorite soap opera wasn't born when you graduated from high school. The "oldies" on the radio are songs you danced to in college. The cute guy making your latte calls you "ma'am.” The cute girl ringing you out at the counter tells you that you remind her of her dad.<br />WELCOME TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE<br />Read some inspirational stories:<br />Laura Vikmanis, Age 42 <br />NFL Cheerleader, Tried out at 39<br />Laura Vikmanis first tried out for the Cincinnati Bengals' Ben-Gals at age 39 after her husband left her. The trainer, registered dietitian and mother of two failed to make the squad but spent the next year improving her fitness and working on routines, landing a spot in 2009. At 42, the mother of two teenagers is 20 years older than most of her fellow Ben-Gals squad but that doesn't stop her from back-flipping, jumping and hair-flicking with the girls half her age.<br />Diana Nyad, Age 61<br />Legendary long-distance swimmer<br />Diana is a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Until a year ago, Diana hadn’t swum a stroke, not a single stroke, for 31 years. At age 61, prepares for second attempt to swim from Cuba to Key West, and this time finish. “I have no idea what age I am,” she says. “I don’t feel different in any way. People say, ‘Maybe you should take more recovery time between swims because of your age.’ I’m like, Oh. My age. I forgot.”<br />Kathryn Joosten, Age 71<br />Actress, Began Acting at 42<br />Joosten started acting at age 42, which is unusual for most actors. Prior to her career as an actress, she worked as a psychiatric nurse at Michael Reese Hospital, in Chicago. In 2005 and 2008, Joosten won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series for her portrayal of Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives.<br />Ernestine Shepherd, Age 75<br />Competitive Bodybuilder, Started at 54<br />Ernestine Shepherd is in better shape than most people, decades her junior. At 74, she is honored with being in the Guinness Book of World Record for being the oldest female body builder. She started body building at age 54. Up at 3 a.m. every morning, for her devotional prayers. She spends her days running, lifting weights and working out. She also works as a certified personal trainer at her gym.<br />Veruschka, Age 72<br />Spanish designer Juan Duyos seemed to be more inspired by "Golden Girls" than "Gossip Girl" when he cast four models in their 60s to strut his fashions in Madrid. "I am fed up with seeing 20-year-old models advertise anti-wrinkle creams for women aged 60," Duyos stated. "Beauty does not end at 40 or 50." Duyos describes elderly women as being "just as beautiful as 20-year-olds.” British designer Giles Deacon also sent 72-year-old legendary German model Veruschka down his runway at London Fashion Week. <br />Keep practicing your faith.<br />Be happy. Don’t get bitter or mean.<br />KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE TOGETHER<br />Get in touch with nature.<br />Learn to forgive.<br />Never give up.<br />Speak a good word, do a good deed, <br /> think a positive thought.<br />