It doesn't take a genius to figure out that all of us in the 50-and-over category face challenges in the workplace. Despite the proven value of wisdom and experience, it seems that the over-50 employee is the first to go in a company layoff. The cynical truth is that most companies will sacrifice older, more experienced (and more expensive) workers for younger workers to contribute to the bottom line. In some cases, older employees aren't even replaced -- their workload is simply spread among existing over-worked staff.
That's why 50-plus workers need all the help they can get, especially if they are in precarious work situations. Thankfully, there are resources available from government and via websites and books. Add to that the newly launched "Working at 50 Plus" microsite from AARP. This online resource center includes helpful information about staying competitive, age discrimination, work-life balance, and planning for retirement.
Check it out at: http://www.aarp.org/work/working-at-50-plus/
For some 50-plus workers, running your own business is a viable option. Should you work with your spouse or life partner? Read this post on LinkedIn to learn more.