What We’re Following Today July 17, 2020

Ageist Colloquialisms We Need to Drop From Our Interactions


There are many dangerous things about ageism that we really should be looking at more thoroughly so that we get the most out of our relationships across generations.

  1. ageism isn’t unilateral. It goes up in age and down in age...the important thing is to Judge someone at the individual level. Recognize weaknesses at that point AND strengths as well.

  2. This article really does hammer home some things we should note when hiring or offering education and training to “all” people in an organization etc.


I recently heard an interesting point of view from a pastor on YouTube about splitting services into traditional and contemporary services. On one hand it’s good to offer people choice for a service that works more for their personal needs. But on the other hand we start to segment a congregation and therefore don’t interact as much across different generations and experiences. When we don’t come together, we lose the wisdom of cross generational interaction AND perhaps make ageism even more possible as we silo down further into buckets of us or them.

https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/9-totally-ageist-things-we-need-to-stop-saying-at-work

First Time Home Buyers


Rates are low and markets are hot for homes in CT and around the country. We have to keep an eye on economic indicators like jobs and foreclosures...but in the short term conditions are good for looking at buying that first home or selling your current one!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/business/mortgage-rates-below-3-percent.html


43% of Americans Plan to Delay Retirement Because of Covid 19


A survey from the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement found that many Americans are not planning to retire “on time” thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic and it’s impact on the economy. That’s not all bad...

Working longer keeps us younger. Can help those where it makes sense to delay social security to secure a larger monthly income by deferring collection. And there are many other reasons that can make working further into our later years a healthier choice. However, with this decision there is usually a lot of stress about the current financial state and what the future holds - certainly not an ideal mindset for so many interpersonal and relationship issues. Plus, those who are older in the workforce are often subjected to layoffs first when the market struggles. As more states consider walking back reopening, this could become an even greater problem.

https://www.kenoshanews.com/business/investment/personal-finance/43-of-americans-plan-to-delay-retirement-due-to-covid-19/article_84f5b878-f4c0-5f6f-be3c-b17c754712a6.html


For the weekend, here’s an interesting piece of scripture that talks a little about how wisdom is not strictly dependent on age. However, we should never be too quick to discount the impact of experience on the ability to problem solve.


“So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: “I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.”

‭‭Job‬ ‭32:6-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/bible/111/job.32.6-9.niv




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