Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 10, 2018 10 THE GOOD LIFE 

Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers?
I’m 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and
need some help.
Seeking Employment 

Dear Seeking,
While the U.S. job market has improved dramatically over the
past few years, challenges still persist for many older workers.
To help you find employment, there are job resource centers
and a wide variety of online tools specifically created for older
job seekers. Here’s where you can find help. 

Job Centers 

Depending on where you live, there are career servicecenters located throughout the U.S. that can help you finda job. One of the best is the American Job Center (AJC)
that has around 2,500 centers nationwide. Funded by the

U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and TrainingAdministration, AJCs are free-to-use resource centers that 
can help you explore your career options, search for jobs,
find training, write a resume, prepare for an interview andmuch more. To find a center near you, call 877-872-5627 orgo to
Some other good programs for older workers includethe Senior Community Service Employment Program(SCSEP), and AARP’s Back To Work 50+ program.

The SCSEP – sponsored by the Department of Labor

– helps place income-eligible workers over age 55 in part-
time, temporary community service positions where theycan learn job skills. To learn more or locate a program inyour area visit or call 877-872-5627.
AARP’s Back To Work 50+ program currently offersworkshops in 19 locations around the U.S. that providecareer counseling, job coaching and skills development for50-plus job seekers. Or, if you can’t attend their workshop,
they also offer an excellent guide called “7 Smart Strategiesfor 50+ Jobseekers.” To get a free copy, or see if there’s aworkshop in your area call 855-850-2525.

If none of the above programs are available in your area,
check with your local public library or nearby communitycollege to see if they provide career services. 

Job Search Sites 

There are also a number of online job search sites thatcan help you connect with companies that are looking formature, experienced workers. 

Some good sites for 50 and older job seekers include:, which offers a job search site and hasonline assessment tools, calculators, career guides andcareer coaches to help you; that providesinformation on finding temporary or seasonal jobs, as wellas starting your own business, working from home, writingyour resume, finding full-time work, and continuing youreducation; that lets you post yourresume and search for full-time or part-time jobs online;
and, which has job search functions anda list of favorite age-friendly employers by industry. It alsogives you the ability to sign up for job alerts. 

Work at Home 

If you’re interested in working at home, there are manyopportunities depending on your skills, but be careful ofwork-at-home scams that offer big paydays without mucheffort. 

Some popular work-at-home jobs include sales and 
marketing, customer service, teaching and tutoring, writingand editing, Web development and design, consulting,
interpreting and medical coding just to name a few.

To find these types of jobs, a good place to start is FlexJobs.
com, which filters out the job scams and lists thousands oflegitimate work-at-home jobs in dozens of categories. Youcan gain access to their listings for $15 for one month, $30for three months or $50 for a year. 

Start a Business 

If you’re interested in starting a small business but coulduse some help getting started, the U.S. Small BusinessAdministration offers tips, tools and free online courses thatyou can access at 

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443,
Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is acontributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The SavvySenior” book. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …March Birthdays* 

Clare Marquardt, Karen Blachly, Carla Duplex, Ella Guttman, Viky Tchatlian, Mary 
Cooper, Sun Liu, Helen Wallis, Joan Crow, Nancy Fox, Martha Cassara, Rita Johnson, 
Mercedes Campos, Dorothy Webster,Terri Elder, Carol Cerrina, Amy Putnam, Sally 

* To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. 
YEAR of birth not required 
ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 

Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula. 

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! 
Everyone is welcome to join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 

Brain Games - *New Activity*: Join us on Thursday November 16th, at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for 

Scattergories. A creative thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories. Everyone is 
welcome, and no experience is needed. What a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends.
Activities are facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, November 15th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson isavailable for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Appointmentsare required by calling 626-355-7394. 

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 11:30a.m. 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes 

include yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!* A voluntarydonation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required. 

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free birthday cakeprovided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club. 

Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker game.
Other games are offered to all. 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic class 
utilizes light weights, low impact resistance and training conditioning. Class equipment is provided. 

Daily Health Reminders, Meal Planning & Preparation 
Ambulation, Dressing & Bathing Assistance 
Alzheimer's, Stroke Recovery & Hospice Support 
insured to meet your quality standards. 
Faith filled business serving 
the San Gabriel Valley 
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All caregivers are highly screened, trained and 
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