Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday,March 17, 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 dramaticallyover the past few years, challenges still persist for manyolder workers. To help you find employment, there arejob resource centers and a wide variety of online toolsspecifically created for older job seekers. Here’s where youcan 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 for 


Please forgive me for recyclingarticles two weeks in a row now. 
However, last week my dad saidhe didn’t remember the article 
that appeared in the paper, so Isuspect neither did you! Anyway,
I was very happy this week tonotice the annual arrival of myfriends visiting from Canada 
(I assume that’s where they’re

from) --Canada geese at PHS! 
Have you seen the latest volunteer mascots for

Pasadena High School? If you haven’t noticed yet, two

Canada geese have made PHS their

them to do it, just as He created

winter home-away-from-home for

the human eye to function only

several straight years now. (Yes,

when all its individual parts work

they’re technically called “Canada

in conjunction with each other.

geese,” not “Canadian geese.” For 

That’s just one example of a host

what reason I don’t know.) I often 

of other miracles we take for 

saw them lounging in the median in

granted on a daily basis. Now, 

the morning on my drive to work,

maybe an intelligent Creator 

and they would be there in the

made all the amazing things we

afternoon as well. This year it’s been

see around us, or maybe they

so cold I wouldn’t blame them if 

came out of nothing, as the

they skipped southern California all

product of random chance. If you

together and pushed on to Mexico

hold to the latter theory, you must

for warmer weather. But no, they’re

recognize that there is a greater

both back, faithful as a geyser.
Sometimes I’ve only see one, and I worry that some
terrible fate happened to its mate. But then I spot the
two of them together and my fears are relieved.

 I wonder if PHS knows about them. They must.
If a passing motorist has noticed them, then I’m surethe PHS students and faculty know about them, too.
I wondered if PHS might adopt these geese as theirnew official mascot. But then again, geese aren’t asintimidating as bull dogs, the current mascot. On 
the other hand, however, neither do dolphins inspiremuch fear, but Florida has stuck with them as the 
symbol of their football team for quite a long time.

 Geese are interesting because they’re one ofthe many birds that migrate long distances. I’m 
convinced these two geese are the same ones yearafter year, but many other animal species die off 

mature, 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 andmarketing, 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, which filters out the job scams and liststhousands of legitimate work-at-home jobs in dozens ofcategories. You can gain access to their listings for $15 forone month, $30 for 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 coursesthat you can access at

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit JimMiller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of“The Savvy Senior” book. 

between generations in their migratory cycles. For 
example, monarch butterflies travel from Canada toMexico and back, without any one butterfly seeing thewhole trip in its lifetime. Then there are the plovers.
These little birds leave their newly hatched offspringin Alaska to make a non-stop flight to Hawaii. After 
their young have gained enough weight for adequateburnable body fuel, they, too, fly from Alaska to meetup with their parents in Hawaii.

 How exactly do these birds know how to navigatean ocean they’ve never crossed to arrive at adestination they’ve never been to? For the Christian 
the answer is self evident --God programmed

chance that your smart phone wasthe product of a factory explosion than the resultof years of human creation within technologicalsciences. I’m not a scientist by any stretch of theimagination, but I know that I don’t have enoughfaith to be an atheist!

 (By the way, I can’t take the credit for that wittyline. Frank Turek, a much more clever writer than 
I, coined that phrase, along with another favorite ofmine in talking about those who doggedly deny theexistence of God --”There is no God, and I hate Him!” 
You can purchase his book, “I Don’t Have EnoughFaith To Be An Atheist,” and other insightful worksby Turek and Norman Gisler on Amazon.) With all 
that said, I hope you have a great week and that youget to see the geese before they return to Canada forthe summer. 

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 
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