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Sara Rix
Sara Rix is a senior strategic policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she focuses on the economics of aging, labor force and demographic trends, employment and retirement policy, and older worker employment issues. She has written and spoken extensively on aging issues. Before coming to AARP, she was director of research for the Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Royal Academy for the Encouragement of the Arts.

Entries by Sara Rix

Working In Retirement: What Do Your Kids Have To Do With It?

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 7:28 AM

Young adults are not leaving home these days, or they are boomeranging back, as many parents well know. Indeed, the successful launch of the young is occurring later and later, according to Stephen Sweet of Ithaca College and the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College; it...

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Unemployed For The Long-Term: It Doesn't Seem To Get Any Better

(13) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 10:00 AM

He remembers the exact date -- November 30, 2008. That is when Hue Galloway of New Britain, Connecticut was laid off with just a week's notice from his job repairing printers and computers throughout the state. His annual evaluations, he said, had been good -- 30 years of experience and...

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Retirement Planning -- What Does Dying Have To Do With It?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 6:08 AM

Before taking the leap into retirement, we need to give a lot of thought to how prepared we are for 20 or more years without a paycheck. The most important question, of course, involves income and expenditures, those we can anticipate and those that are harder to predict, such as...

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When Voluntary Retirement Is Not So Voluntary

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:02 AM

It wasn't so long ago that employers could usher you out the door because you had celebrated a birthday that made you "too old to work" in the eyes of some of them. With the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) in 1967, Congress decreed that couldn't...

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So, Who Is Going To Take Care Of You In Your Old Age?

(8) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 7:41 AM

If you are a boomer, chances are good that you are more concerned about providing appropriate care to aging parents than about the help you might need someday. Families are the key caregivers to America's elderly and play a critical role in helping them maintain their independence, according...

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Sharing Work When Times Are Tough

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Who wants to think about the next economic slowdown? No one, that's who. With Americans still struggling to recover from the last recession, there is little enthusiasm for thinking about how to deal with another one. According to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2...

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Turning 60 -- Thinking 40

(32) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 8:50 AM

Sixty -- is it really the new 40? It certainly doesn't hurt to think so, especially if it makes us feel better about ourselves and the world around us. Thinking young may also keep some of us in the workforce longer.

And Americans are pushing back the date of retirement...

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Boomers -- Will They Shun Retirement?

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 6:07 AM

Boomers don't speak with one voice when it comes to retirement. Although about four in 10 admit that they can't wait to retire, just as many say they won't ever want to stop working. Even more expect to work in retirement. The media, policy analysts and worker advocates...

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An Elephant In The Room: Getting Old And Seeking Work -- How Much Does Age Matter?

(28) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 8:12 AM

I knew I had started to look my age when fellow commuters began offering me a seat on the subway. A blow to my pride, perhaps, but I nonetheless gratefully accept when it happens. However, I haven't looked for a job lately and thus haven't encountered another type of age...

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Return to A Good, Steady Job Remains An Elusive Goal For Many

(7) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 9:43 AM

Dan Holgate of Phoenix knows what it is like to be older, out of a job, among the long-term unemployed and underemployed. The 60-year-old was laid off as a production manager with a ceramic tile distribution and installation business in 2008 and has not had a permanent job since.

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So You Expect To Work Forever?

(5) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 8:42 AM

"I'll retire when they carry me out," says 88-year-old lawyer and WWII Army veteran Peter White of Williamstown, MA., who is part of a small but growing workforce of men and women in their mid-to-late 70s and older. His working life spans 63 years, including his current job as an...

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More and More It's an Older Woman's World -- of Work

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another headline highlighting the growing number of Americans who, for a variety of reasons, are pushing back their date of retirement. What gets less attention is that women comprise a sharply growing proportion of the older workforce.

At one time, the large...

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Older Workers and the Great Recession: A Look Back Over Five Years

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 11:24 AM

December 2012 marked the fifth year since the official onset of the Great Recession in December 2007 and more than three years since its official end in June 2009.

What does the picture look like for Americans aged 55 and older today?

More older people are...

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Older And Out Of Work -- An Arduous Search Finally Leads To Success

(9) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Being over 50 and out of work can be a full-time job filled with disappointments, as the more than one million older long-term unemployed can undoubtedly confirm. No one knows those disappointments better than the Reverend Dr. Jean Coyle, a 67-year-old Virginian who went back to college in midlife to...

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A Look At The Older Workforce -- Good News Mixed With Bad

(8) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 12:45 PM

America's older workforce experienced a dip in unemployment in October (5.8 percent compared to 5.9 percent in September for those aged 55-plus). Monthly unemployment figures tend to generate a lot of interest, but they often don't tell much of a story. A fuller picture of what is going on can...

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