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Making the right charitable choice

Snail mail is not dead. Want proof? Tally the number of “Dear Friend” letters you will receive this holiday season. Throw in e-blasts, social media and old-fashioned phone calls, and I suspect you will be “touched” by more than a dozen charities — some you know and many more you’ve never heard of.

Sobering numbers go with boomers' party

Clichés are trite and overused phrases that have an annoying tendency to be true. Take for example “silver tsunami” and “graying of America.” These have become go-to phrases in just about all baby boomer news reports and speeches. I’m guilty of sliding these worn sayings into a few columns and community presentations myself.

Will surge of older workers take jobs from young?

CHICAGO -- It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people.

Mayoral vote will affect how SD economy supports seniors

San Diego’s next mayor will have a full agenda, no doubt about that. From revitalizing neighborhoods to funding pensions to working out managed competition for city services, our new chief executive must begin planning for the graying of San Diego — and I’m not talking about May gray. The number of San Diegans over the age of 60 will double by 2030 and represent one in four residents.

Do your homework to find the right charity

Would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive or kicking the tires? Of course you wouldn’t, but many people make gifts to nonprofit organizations, especially during the holiday season, without taking a peek under the organization’s hood to make sure everything is in working order.

Baby boomers fueling wave of entrepreneurship

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Every passing month and unanswered resume dimmed Jim Glay's optimism more. So with no job in sight, he joined a growing number of older people and created his own.

How Congress’ intransigence harms seniors

Washington’s no-limit poker game with the American economy as stakes ended when House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, folded and allowed a vote in the House to reopen the government and avert a default by the federal government.

The special issues of LGBT seniors

The Social Security Administration in August began processing claims for benefits for those in same-sex marriages, the latest in a chain of federal agency responses to the Defense of Marriage Act court decision. While this is a big step forward for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and marriage equality, much remains to be done.

A push for harmony among workers, young and old

CHICAGO (AP) _ There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children -- or grandchildren.

Women face difficulties in retirement

With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to live longer in retirement and have a greater chance of outliving their retirement nest egg.

Create safe workplaces through simple prevention

As our work force begins to age and continues working past traditional retirement age, it is important for businesses, caregivers and families to take precautions to ensure safe environments.

AMN predicts health worker shortage

Because of the aging baby boomers, the United States is poised to have unprecedented shortages of health care workers over the next decade, the head of San Diego’s AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AMN) told UBS Healthcare Conference attendees in New York this week.

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After 30 years, SCORE counselor still steering businesses, free of charge

In an economy that has produced many start-ups, as some people have sought to turn misfortune into opportunity, Arnold Jaffa, 82, isn't the least bit interested in letting go of what he considers to be a major part of himself -- a desire to help people succeed.

Founder instills entrepreneurial spirit into DavisReed Construction

Derek Davis, president and founder of DavisReed Construction, describes his company as fast-moving and adaptable, creative and quick thinking, with a more relaxed culture and an emphasis on the individual. If that sounds more like a startup than a general contractor with as much as $300 million in revenues, it’s by design.

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Phillip Banks, Daniel Abbott on fiduciary services

Jan. 10, 2013 -- George Chamberlin speaks with Phillip Banks of Banks & Banks Fiduciary Services, and Daniel Abbott, a firm member with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, about the role of a fiduciary.

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