Who’s an Elder?

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Public Law 89-73, Sec.302. (a) (1) Allotments 7/14/65

People ages 55 to 74

This age range includes four age cohorts (Yes, that’s what they’re called.), defined by the US Census Bureau. These four cohorts include most of the Baby Boomer generation. This age range spans the audience for Elders At Work.
At the low end of the range, you’re starting to seriously think about the next stages in your active, working life… or perhaps (semi-)retirement. At the higher end of the range, fewer people work, either as part-timers or as volunteers. For example, my mother finally quit her part-time job in a hospital pharmacy at the age of 74.

Social Security’s Age Milestones

In the United States the laws and regulations around Social Security help define “retirement age” for many people.

62: The age at which someone can begin collecting ‘retirement’ Social Security. However, your payments will be reduced by $1 for every $2 earned at work above an annual limit ($15,720 in 2016).

65: The age used in legislation such as the Older Americans Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-63).

66: “Full Retirement Age” for Social Security.The age after which there is no “earning reduction” due to earned income.

70: Beyond this age individuals can no longer increase the amount of their future Social Security payments.

Elder, Not Elderly

I accept the label “elder,” but reject the modifier “elderly.” I suspect many of us do. Here’s part of a definition that addresses the problem with the difference between elder and elderly:
     “…(elderly) can imply frailty or diminished capacity, in which case it may sound condescending: was stuck in traffic behind an elderly driver.”
Elder suggests to me a person past middle age, who shares knowledge gained through experience and encourages or guides younger people.
Elderly suggest to me a person of a similar chronological age, whose physical and mental health has substantially deteriorated.

Are you an Elder or Elderly?

At the risk of putting a pop psych spin to it, do you feel that you are an elder or do you feel elderly? If you feel elderly, what might you do to address your frailty or “diminished capacity?“ I ride my bicycle and keep working.
What do you do to reduce the effects of being elderly?

When New SFTP Replaces Old FTP

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Out with WS_FTP, In with Transmit

On my old Win7 laptop I installed the venerable FTP utility WS_FTP. Now that I’ve replaced the laptop with an iMac – iPad Air 2 – iPhone 6s set up, I needed a new FTP application. (Google Search Console required some gyrations to verify me as the “owner” of eldersatwork.com.)

I queried Google to see what was available and found Transmit 4, an OS X  FTP utility. Although a few reviews called it “expensive” at $34, I wanted a native OS X application, not a clunky port of Microsoft-ness. Transmit 4  was easy to install, configure, and use.

Out with Old Tech, In with New Tech

For some elders the transition from WS_FTP to Transmit would be bad enough, without the additional background of moving from Windows to OS X. But I found the experience encouraging. Based on my prior experience with a similar tool, I was prepared to learn how to use a new tool. If we cling to old tools and methods while refusing to learn new ways, we’ll have to give step aside for others who are willing to learn.

Life-Long Learning

You may not care about FTP at all, but keep learning at work or at play. Learning will change and refresh you.

Old Work

Functional & Productive

I’m old, but I still work. I’m functional and add value or produce energy.

I’m an elder at work…and at play.

Society enables me to stop doing productive work through Social Security, and perhaps a retirement plan, although many of us don’t expect to ever receive significant employment-related ‘retirement’ income.

But I choose to work…

that’s what this blog is about