Baby boomers have greater entrepreneurial mindset than millenials | Features

If you think you’re too old to start your own business, think again. About 26 percent of all recent startups were formed by people between the ages of 55 and 64, according to The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity. That’s up from 15 percent in 1996.

Risk-taking millennials often are thought to be the leading generation in terms of having an entrepreneurial mindset, but it’s baby boomers who may have the greater passion for launching a new business.

Britt Hysen, editor-in-chief of Millennial Magazine claims that “60 percent of millennials consider themselves entrepreneurs,” but Federal Reserve data shows the share of people younger than 30 who own a business is now at a quarter-century low.

In fact, the only age group with rising entrepreneurial activity in the last two decades is people between 55 and 64.

While Mary Ellen Tainer didn’t know those statistics, she did know that after a 27-year career in corporate America on Chicago’s North Shore, she wanted to do something very different. So in 2014, at the age of 63, she launched Marmalade Boutique in downtown Sawyer.

After three years in business, Tainer said she’s glad she took the leap into entrepreneurship.

“I had never worked in retail, but I’m loving it,” Tainer said. “The best part of owning your own business is reporting to yourself, and the lack of corporate stress.”

One of the hardest parts for Tainer in running a new business was learning point-of-sale technology and other business systems that were new to her.

“When you own your own business, you have to be able to do everything, or afford to pay someone to do what you cannot do, so I just had to embrace technology and learn new systems,” Tainer said.

While there was a lot to learn, according to Tainer, it was worth the effort to pursue her dream of owning her own business.

“You have to have purpose in life. A reason to get up and out every day. I enjoy this life, getting to know my customers,” Tainer said. “Looking back over the past three years, I love my life. It was worth the effort.”

Dennis Mack, owner of HandyPro of Southwest Michigan, launched his business at 56, but took the franchise route to entrepreneurship.

“In my previous ‘corporate’ job, I found a great deal of satisfaction with the construction component of my responsibilities. Following a re-structuring, I decided to pursue what energized me in my previous job,” Mack said. “Focusing on the home modification component of the construction industry added an element of mission to the remainder of my work life. A franchise enabled me to jump-start the arduous process of starting a business. There are many factors to consider, including how to finance a business.”

Mack said the best part of working for yourself is setting your own pace and your own schedule. The biggest challenges he cites are worrying about cash flow, and cautions it can take two to three years before your business starts to have a positive cash flow.

But perhaps the biggest challenge, Tainer said, is getting the right advice.

“You have to be bold, but you have to get help,” Tainer said. “So many people jump in without doing the research and getting the advice and support they need. Be confident, but do your research.”

The decision to start your own business can be both exciting and daunting. There’s local assistance to help you explore your options through a four-hour “Work for [email protected]+” workshop.

The workshop breaks the choices down, and gives you the information you need to succeed. The session looks at self-employment paths in contracting, freelancing, microbusiness and social enterprise, and helps people identify their own marketable traits, talents and skills. It also offers useful financial advice – regardless of participants’ specific financial situation.

Workshops are provided through a grant from AARP Foundation and the Hartford in partnership with Cornerstone Alliance.

Upcoming sessions are:

• 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 29 at the Area Agency on Aging, 2900 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph

• noon-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Cass County Council on Aging, Front Street Crossing, 227 S. Front St., Dowagiac

• 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 11 at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence

• noon-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the AAA

For more information, or to register for one of the workshops, contact AARP Foundation at 888-339-5617 or Stacey Stephens at Cornerstone Alliance at 925-0147.

Christine Vanlandingham is fund and product development officer of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit The Generations column appears each Sunday in The Herald-Palladium.

Steel Toe Work Boots – You Are Most Likely Wearing the Wrong Boots

I have been doing a lot of reading about steel toe work boots of late. What I have found to be quite interesting is that choosing the right boot is almost as difficult as choosing a life partner.

In both cases, to find the best match for yourself, you need to be analyzing your own life style, your wants and needs, and prioritizing them. If this sounds a little bizarre to you, read on, and I promise to prove the point.

Lifestyle is probably the biggest factor, and the question really comes down to what type of work you do. If you think about it, our time at work, from the time we leave home until the time we return, makes up usually about half of our waking hours. Of the 17 hours a day that the average person is up and about, most of us will spend about 9 hours dressed in our work clothes.

For those that work in an industrial line of work, steel toe work boots are often a requirement of the job, and are therefore worn at least 9 hours a day. Those in other lines of work may only require a steel toe work boot for the odd chore around the home.

Those that want to wear work boots as a style statement, have no need for a steel toe and can chose from the hundreds of soft toe versions.

Now, if your need for a work boot is industrial related, not only will you need the steel toe, but chances are that your job will require you to be on your feet all day long. Wearing a boot with an improper fit could actually create a crippling effect over the long term.

What does “proper fit” actually represent?

  • Most important is arch support. Without proper arch support you are headed towards fallen arches, which can be extremely painful and debilitating.
  • Heel support is number two on the list. Because of the sturdy soles found on a typical work boot, walking usually creates a pounding effect on the heel. Without proper heel support it is more than likely that you would develop heel splints, another painful prospect.
  • Next on the list is proper width. If your boot is too narrow, it will obviously squeeze your feet. What this does is to reduce the effectiveness of any built in arch support system in the boot. A squeezed foot doesn’t sit properly in the arch area and therefore doesn’t take full advantage of the arch support.
  • A boot that is too wide for your feet, although comfortable when standing still, will tend to give you blisters as you walk about.
  • The weight of your steel toe work boot comes next on the list. If you are walking all day in your boots, a heavier work boot will put more strain on your ankles, calves and knees. This can cause muscle cramps, tendonitis, problems with your achilles and eventually knee problems as well, as you adjust your walking style to accommodate the various aches and pains.
  • Last, but not least is the thickness or durability of the soles on your steel toe work boots. The amount of walking you do each day on the job, and the types of ground cover that you walk on, makes a huge difference on the type of sole you will need. The more you walk each day and the rougher the terrain, the more important a thicker or highly durable boot sole is to your choice. Otherwise you will be replacing your boots every six months or so.

Comfort is the number one demand for any steel toe work boot, no matter what the purpose. The big question becomes whether we should give a little on the comfort side in order to gain on the durability side?

My advice is that you should never yield on the comfort side. Keep searching until you can find all the qualities that you need in your steel toe work boots and a fit that is comfortable as well.

Their are literally hundreds of work boots to chose from. You should start your search by writing down the most important needs that must be accommodated in priority order. Then go online and find the most popular boots. Most websites will provide you with customer reviews, which in my opinion is the best information. Customers will talk about comfort, durability, any issues they found, and so on. Read through these reviews and find the general theme. If most are strong recommendations, then you have found a winner. The not so strong reviews should provide you with cautions that you would need to address when purchasing.

Based on all the reading and research that I have done, I created a website that reflects the top two most popular steel toe work boots, their selling features, a collection of customer reviews from multiple websites, and a monthly price comparison for these boots from the most popular online work boot stores.

My final advice is that you should never buy a work boot because it looks good. Educate yourself on the key factors that make a steel toe work boot the right one for you. Then buy them based on you complete needs. I promise you that you will be much happier with your choice.

Millennials & Entitlement Spending — Baby Boomer Debt & Spending a Generation’s Problem

In 2001, David Brooks penned an Atlantic cover story titled “The Organization Kid.” He observed that, unlike previous generations, those in college between the end of the Cold War and 9/11 “felt no compelling need to rebel.” Not only did they submit to authority, they seemed to “admire it,” he wrote. They wanted to join the system, not tear it down.

Two protracted wars, a deep recession, and a Trump victory later, that admiration has been tempered and then some. Several polls have shown that a majority of Millennials, those born from the mid 80s to the late 90s, rejects capitalism. Socialism, a YouGov survey found, is viewed more favorably among the young. More troubling, only 56 percent of Millennials, our generation, say they “love America,” compared to over 80 percent of the Silent Generation, born between 1920 and 1940.

Many left-wing commentators think that this iconoclasm will enable Millennials to break free of society’s oppressive structures. Pointing to distrust of Wall Street and Big Business, Jacobin’s Corey Robin, a prominent left-of-center writer and professor, claimed that “Millennials are the American Earthquake.” He might also have mentioned young people’s passionate embrace of Bernie Sanders, who promised a “revolution.” The “will of this new generation is not like that of its recent predecessors,” Robin concluded.

He may be right, but Millennials are wrong. In fact, Millennials are ignoring the biggest inequity of all: the looming, unsustainable debt load that their elders are accumulating.

Government today is — to borrow a phrase from French economist Thomas Piketty — “devouring the future.” In amassing unconscionable amounts of debt, Baby Boomers are financing their own largesse with their children’s and grandchildren’s money.

The nation’s fiscal gap, i.e., the difference between its future liabilities (spending commitments, debt obligations, and more) and its future revenues, is between $150 trillion and $250 trillion, depending on who measures it. That’s at least twice the GDP of the entire world, and that figure doesn’t even include the trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities racked up by state and municipal governments or the future costs of environmental degradation.

With a gap that large, there is no way that Millennials will receive the same government services and benefits in retirement that Boomers receive now. The Congressional Budget Office projects that by 2033, Social Security, health-care spending, and interest payments on the national debt will consume every dollar of federal revenue. Spending increases, broadly popular among the young, will leave even less for Millennials when they need support. To expect otherwise is to deliberately bury one’s head in the sand.

But that’s what the Trump administration and everyone else is doing. With Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget who is rapidly shedding his reputation as a deficit hawk, now on board, the Trump administration is almost unanimously in favor of raising the debt ceiling, yet again, without spending cuts.

When austerity is no longer a choice but an imperative, Millennials will know that they have been cheated. Young people can look forward to higher taxes to meet the ever-increasing burden of entitlements — even though the Millennials paying those taxes will not receive anything close to what they have paid in. Consumption will become more expensive and will have to be reined in. Growth will be sluggish and job opportunities sparse.

Even effective government programs would have to be scaled back. Little would be allocated to educating our workforce in an increasingly competitive world; to helping middle-class citizens through programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit; or to programs such as Food Stamps and disaster insurance, which aid those in need.

When austerity is no longer a choice but an imperative, Millennials will know that they have been cheated.

Such a society will undoubtedly be less dynamic, less prosperous, and less generous. But when the money runs out, what choice will we have?

Opportunistic politicians say that we can keep spending more and more while taxing less and less. “But the bills keep coming in,” says Larry Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University and an expert on the fiscal gap. He explains that our choices are limited: We can either print our way to hyperinflation, borrow until the interest on the debt swamps the budget, tax our way to severe stagnation, or finally undertake “painful but intelligent entitlement reform,” the sooner the better.

As Kevin Williamson puts it, “The question is not ‘How do we go about paying these benefits?’ but ‘How do we go about not paying these benefits?’”

The novelist Christopher Buckley once envisioned the conflict coming to a head with young people rioting outside of gated retirement communities over Social Security tax hikes. This is far-fetched, but mostly because it presents an alternate reality in which Millennials actually understood where their interests lay.

Young people seem to understand that “the system” is flawed, but they direct their ire at bogeymen and make the underlying problem worse. When Millennials protest rising in-state college tuition, for example, their focus is on plutocrats and fat-cat financiers, not on the defined-benefit pension plans for public employees that are eating away at state budgets. In reality, it is these unfunded retirement plans that are restricting access to public universities — engines of upward mobility and the American dream — and worsening inequality.

Yet young people continue to elect politicians who add to the “$4 trillion in debt owed to public employees,” says Josh Rauh, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. The irony, he adds, is that it is these Millennial voters “who stand to lose the most” from unfunded pension obligations.

Older Americans take a more strategic view of politics. They organize in groups such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to preserve and expand their slice of the pie. More importantly, they vote. Consequently, over half of benefits already go to the 13 percent of the population over 65 years old. The gaps between under-35s and over-65s in income, wealth, and home ownership have all expanded, recently reaching decades-long highs.

This is not just unequal, but unjust. It is not right to spend so extravagantly during a period of relative prosperity and peace, only to burden the next generation with the bill. There is a reason why many Americans work extremely hard in order to pass on some wealth to their descendants: They feel an obligation to leave their children and grandchildren better off than they were. They understand that society is a partnership and do not want to default on their generation’s obligations. Yet by working to perpetuate an unequal system in the political domain — by kicking the entitlement can down the road — they are doing just that. They are devouring the future.

Niall Ferguson once quipped that if “young Americans knew what was good for them, they’d all be in the Tea Party.” We’re not holding our breath. But our generation has already proven its ability to mobilize. If only Millennials would look up, we would notice the Sword of Damocles hanging above our heads. Then we could correct one of our society’s biggest injustices and defend our own interests.

Millennials Can’t Save the Democratic Party
The Slacker Mandate and the Safety-Pin Generation
The Rise of the Anti-Millennial Conservative Millennial

— Elliot Kaufman is an editorial intern at National Review and Kiran Sridhar is a student at Stanford University.

The Importance Of Reading Reviews Before Buying Convertible Car Seats

Convertible car seats are one of the most sought after baby travel gear by many parents. Several parents invest in these specialized car seats to cater to their growing child’s safety and comfort needs inside a moving vehicle. Convertible car seats are for bigger babies and kids who are in between 30-70 pounds heavy and have a standing height of 50 inches and below. When your baby no longer fit the requirements for him to remain in his infant seat, it is likely recommended to switch him into a convertible seat. Convertible seats are initially used as rear-facing seats and later on can be converted into a forward-facing seat. This type of car seat can keep your child in his five-point harness throughout his toddler years until he is ready for a booster seat. Keeping your child in a five-point harness seat is necessary as children of this age and size have soft bones and small bodies that cannot in any way stand a crash force which can possibly result to serious injuries and early deaths.

This purchase can be confusing and difficult for many parents especially to first time parents. However, it is important for parents to take note of the importance of keeping their children on appropriate car seats during car travel. To avoid any confusion and dilemma, reading consumer reviews before buying can be of great help. In the recent studies, several consumers rely on product reviews before availing any service or buying a product. You can instantly search for the best convertible seat reviews online and read consumer feedbacks and reviews regarding the various brands of convertible seats. Below are some reasons why reading product reviews prior to an impending purchase is important:

  • Reading reviews and recommendations from previous consumers can avoid panic and impulsive buys. As we all know most impulsive buys can lead to big regrets and loss of hard earned money. This is great way to make sure that you are able to get the best deal for your money.
  • Reading the best convertible seat reviews can prevent you from making the most common mistakes by many parents when buying one.
  • One of the benefits of reading reviews is for you to avoid impulse buying. Human as we are, we have a tendency to buy something without looking at it closely. With the reviews, you can see the pros and cons of the product.
  • This also allows you to avoid the mistakes committed by others who have bought the wrong one for their kids.
  • When you read reviews, you can avoid making mistakes of choosing the wrong type for your child. Aside from that, you can avoid buying based on your impulse or gut feeling.
  • The reviews can also make you avoid committing the common mistakes of most buyers who have not thought about the pros and cons of the product.

Reading the best convertible car seat reviews can really help you in purchasing the best for your child.

EASY French Fade (Baby Boomer) Nails with Gel Polish + Floral

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Hey lovelies. In today’s tutorial I am showing you how to easily make a popular french fade (baby boomer) design.

This whole look was made with gel polishes and nail art gel (Arte Brilliante) from Indigo Nails.

There are different techniques for making french fade, but in this video I am using a makeup sponge. Making these nails is a process and it requires several layers and good blending, but the end result is worth it. The nails look very fresh, elegant and not boring like a classic french look.

I hope you enjoy this video!


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Artist: Del

Trash the Thrush, Yeast Infection of the Mouth

A lot of us have already heard about vaginal yeast infection caused by fungus called candida. There are other infections caused by this fungus and that is thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth. Thrush mostly affects babies and toddlers, older people and those with weak immune systems. Candida fungus is actually present in the mouth, digestive tract and skin in smaller quantity and is normally controlled by other bacteria in the body.

And what causes thrush?

Illnesses such as diabetes, HIV infection, cancer and dry mouth can lead to the growth of yeast. Stress is one of the factors too. Certain medications that causes imbalance to the candida fungus are corticosteroids, antibiotics and contraceptive pills. Additionally, infection will develop for those with uncontrolled diseases or those who are pregnant. Smokers are not spared with this infection of the mouth, as well as those who wear dentures that don’t fit correctly. Moreover, babies can develop thrush but can be treated immediately; however, it may turn out to be persistent for a longer period.

Do you know the oral yeast infection symptoms?

One common symptom of thrush is the existence of white and creamy protruding lesions in the mouth, roof of the mouth, tongue or inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, or back of your throat. The lesions are very painful and bleed when you try to scrape them or when brushing your teeth. In severe cases, the lesions may spread into your esophagus that may cause pain or difficulty in swallowing and even cause fever. Yeast can infect the lungs, liver and skin for those with low immune system because of cancer, HIV and the like.

How doctors diagnosed oral yeast infections?

Dentist will examine those white lesions in your mouth, tongue and cheeks then he can make his diagnosis. For infection that spreads to the esophagus, a throat culture is done to be used for laboratory test or conduct endoscopy of the esophagus, stomach and small intestines.

How do we treat oral yeast infection?

There are antifungal medicines prescribed to be taken for 10 to 14 days to treat the thrush. These are available in tablets, lozenges or in liquid form. Your dentist will make precise treatment method based on age and the cause of the infection. He will also recommend the patient to consult a physician for further tests because this infection might be a symptom of other medical problems to ensure they are treated properly.

How de we prevent thrush?

We can always prevent yeast infection of the mouth by practicing proper oral hygiene. That means you need to brush your teeth two to three times everyday. Mouthwash and oral sprays may cause imbalance to the microorganism in your mouth, so try to minimize or avoid using them. Have a regular dental check up if you have diabetes or wearing dentures. Minimize the consumption of sugar and foods that triggers the growth of yeast. Avoid smoking or if you are, start quitting the habit so to avoid thrush.

By and large, we have learned that thrush can be prevented and controlled. Except of course for those who have special medical conditions, extra care must be given. By being aware of its causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment of yeast infection of the mouth is very easy.

Millennials v baby boomers? We all have more in common than we realise | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion

It was, of all things, Love Island that started it. No middle-aged person with a pulse could sit through a single episode of this summer’s hit reality TV show, with its frantic couplings and uncouplings and endless conversations all obsessively circling around who fancied whom, and not feel at least one guilty twinge of recognition.

No, these kids couldn’t seem to think about anything but copping off with one another. And yes, that is roughly what we sounded like at that age, or would have done if remorselessly edited down for peak-time viewing. The willingness to have sex live on telly (albeit surreptitiously under cover of a duvet, or, in the case of winners Kem and Amber, an inflatable pool turtle) may be new. But the self-doubting girls and bravado-filled boys, the thrill of the chase and the sting of rejection – that hasn’t changed in for ever. All the clumsy machinations exposed in the process, the naked calculations over when to settle and when to twist for someone possibly out of your league, would have been recognisable as a mating ritual to Jane Austen (or, for that matter, David Attenborough). Millennials aren’t a foreign species, for god’s sake. They’re just the young of a very familiar one, and not even that young either.

Apologies if this makes you feel old, but senior millennials are pushing 37 now. If not exactly creaking at the knees, they’re certainly old enough to remember landlines, dating without Tinder, and annual tuition fees of only £1,000. Yet despite in some cases having children of their own they still get lumped in with kids nearly half their age in one selfie-obsessed, weirdly London-centric caricature, as if everyone under 40 was an intern living off avocado toast and communicating solely in memes.

We’ve learned not to make sweeping generalisations about men being from Mars and women from Venus, to recognise that people aren’t easily pigeonholed by gender even if some broad truths remain. But millennials and baby boomers, Generations X (middle-aged) and Z (barely out of their teens), are somehow fair game for the crudest of stereotyping.

So all hail a recent report from a team of generational researchers at Ipsos Mori that challenges this idea of a vast unbridgeable chasm between people who were only ever classified arbitrarily by age in the first place. (Why are millennials commonly held to have been invented in 1980 and abruptly discontinued in 1995, exactly? Who makes these rules anyway?)

It’s true: the lives of many so-called millennials are unfolding differently to their elders, primarily thanks to their far shakier economic circumstances. They do think, and behave, measurably differently in some ways. But they also seem to think and behave surprisingly alike in others, or else are simply a few steps further down a very recognisable ideological path chosen by previous generations. (Their views on gay sex, for example, aren’t overwhelmingly different from middle-aged Generation Xers or even older baby boomers; the real dividing line is with the generation born before the war, who were well into established adulthood when homosexuality was legalised.)

Which means that much of what you read about a “millennial mindset” is dubious to say the least. They don’t actually want jaw-droppingly different things out of their working lives, the Mori report argues. And far from being lazy, if anything they put in slightly longer hours than average (although fewer than Generation X at the same age, in keeping with a decades-long trend of falling working hours). They’re not all gifted digital natives, just people with the time and patience to Google how to do stuff; and if they seem perennially glued to their phones then over-55s spend almost as many hours tethered to electronic devices, once laptops and other screens are also included.

And while it would be surprising if their expectations of life weren’t high, given their unprecedentedly high levels of education, there’s little hard evidence for the popular idea that millennials are spoilt, entitled narcissists who didn’t do enough competitive sports at school and collapse in a sobbing heap if things don’t go their way.

Employers swapping grumpy anecdotes about having to teach college leavers how to spell and put the kettle on may simply be forgetting what it was always like to be young and just starting out; soft-shelled still, with much to learn. How many Generation X-ers, if they’re honest, have mortifying stories to tell about a stupid mistake made in their first job? Let she who never wept in the office loo cast the first stone.

It’s all too easy to confuse what researchers call life-cycle effects – or things that are true of most people at certain ages, before we grow out of them – with genuine cohort effects, which are baked in and lasting. Being occasionally self-absorbed or a bit clueless is a condition of being young, not some curse unique to those born in the 80s, which helps explain why back in the 70s the generation we know now as baby boomers were themselves caricatured as a narcissistic “me generation” of kids hellbent on their own self-fulfilment.

But it cuts both ways. If not every millennial is a hysterical snowflake then equally not everyone over 55 is a selfish, reactionary leaver rolling around in piles of money, who can’t imagine why anyone would ever vote for Jeremy Corbyn. The biggest surprise of Momentum’s recent crude attempt to exploit generational differences – in a video showing a bunch of smug oldies waxing indignant over lunch about entitled young people today, while conveniently forgetting that they got their degrees for free and their houses for a song – is that all those older people who voted Labour in June, not to mention their various contemporaries currently running the party, haven’t objected more vociferously.

Time wasted arguing over which generation is definitively the worst that ever lived could be more usefully spent asking why we swallow divisive age-related myths so easily, and whose interests exactly are served by something that risks obscuring shared mutual interest. A breed of identity politics that relies on creating tribes and pitting them against one another, perhaps? Or just a marketing industry reliant on convincing retailers and employers that they alone can divine what these exotic creatures want, plus a media hungry for talking points?

Call me a snowflake, but the world hardly seems short of self-defeating conflicts and high-handed generalisations. Beware those who would turn age into another of them.

Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnist

The Qualities of Good Endocrinology Doctors

Endocrinology is considered to be the science involved with the functions of the numerous hormones in a human being’s body as well as the endocrine glands and the tissues that can produce them. It is such a complex branch in medical science that has been thoroughly studied and specified. It is one branch that has posed lots of challenges on its medical practitioners who are aptly called in the world of medicine as endocrinology doctors.

It is also this specific field that lacks excellent endocrinology doctors because not a lot of physicians want to specialize in the said science for endocrinology is tough work and requires a doctor to have the patience of a saint so as to diagnose with precision the hormonal imbalances or dysfunctions that a patient is afflicted with. So for your concerns related to endocrine glands, look for a credible endocrinologist for you to remedy any kind of endocrine-related ailment you have.

The following are therefore the qualities of excellent endocrinology doctors to consider:

• Check if one’s physician has the level of confidence of a individual who knows what he is doing, what he is looking at, and looks one in the eyes when the situation calls for it. Patients feel at peace and confident if the medical practitioner whom he is consulting is confident enough. Confidence matters in medical practice.

• A great doctor is emphatic. He could understand the feelings and experiences of his patients as if it were he who is suffering from the illness. The very best test of an emphatic physician is in the level of sensitivity he gives his communication with his patients. He should be sensitive enough to sense that a patient is feeling uncomfortable or in pain.

• A great endocrinology doctor humanely treats his patients. He is not only kind in actions and in words but is also very thoughtful and caring. He is likely to spend more time and share his expertise only to help a patient in his suffering.

• He is the type who would like to know more his patients more than what is needed in his medical practice. In other words, he gets personal with his patients, interacts with them both on a professional and a personal level, and remembers their names not just for their diseases or their respective hospital room numbers.

• A good medical physician is one who is sincere in his dealings with his patients. He does not dilly-dally nor speak to a patient as though he was hiding something. He is one who would tell his patients what they really want to know, suggests the most efficient and safest medical procedures, and makes known his opinions in a manner that doesn’t scare the patient.

• Finally, great endocrinology doctors are respectful and thorough in the conduct of their exams. They are ones who do not leave any stone unturned. They want their patients to be treated properly.

Baby boomers dying on the job

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. The U.S. government estimates that by 2024, older workers will account for 25 percent of the labor market.

Getting old – and the physical changes associated with it – “could potentially make a workplace injury into a much more serious injury or a potentially fatal injury,” said Ken Scott, an epidemiologist with the Denver Public Health Department.

Gerontologists say those changes include gradually worsening vision and hearing impairment, reduced response time, balance issues and chronic medical or muscle or bone problems such as arthritis.

In 2015, about 35 percent of the fatal workplace accidents involved a worker 55 and older – or 1,681 of the 4,836 fatalities reported nationally.

William White, 56, was one of them. White fell 25 feet while working at Testa Produce Inc. on Chicago’s South Side. He later died of his injuries.

“I thought it wouldn’t happen to him,” his son, William White Jr., said in an interview. “Accidents happen. He just made the wrong move.”

The AP analysis showed that the workplace fatality rate for all workers – and for those 55 and older – decreased by 22 percent between 2006 and 2015. But the rate of fatal accidents among older workers during that time period was 50 percent to 65 percent higher than for all workers, depending on the year.

The number of deaths among all workers dropped from 5,480 in 2005 to 4,836 in 2015. By contrast, on-the-job fatalities among older workers increased slightly, from 1,562 to 1,681, the analysis shows.

During that time period, the number of older people in the workplace increased by 37 percent. That compares with a 6 percent rise in the population of workers overall.

Ruth Finkelstein, co-director of Columbia University’s Aging Center, cautions against stereotyping. She said older people have a range of physical and mental abilities and that it’s dangerous to lump all people in an age group together because it could lead to discrimination.

She said she’s not sure that older workers need much more protection than younger workers, but agreed there is a need for all workers to have more protection. “We are not paying enough attention to occupational safety in this country,” she said.


The AP analysis is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries and from one-year estimates from the American Community Survey, which looks at the working population. It excludes cases where the cause of death was from a “natural cause,” including a heart attack or stroke.

AP also examined the number and types of accidents in which older workers died between 2011, when the bureau changed the way it categorized accidents, to 2015:

Fall-related fatalities rose 20 percent.

Contact with objects and equipment increased 17 percent.

Transportation accidents increased 15 percent.

Fires and explosions decreased by 8 percent.

“We expect that there will be more older workers increasing each year and they will represent a greater share (of the fatalities) over the last couple of decades,” said Scott, the Denver epidemiologist. “This issue of elevated risk is something we should be paying close attention to.”


An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found in 2013 that 44 percent of older Americans said their job required physical effort most or almost all of the time, and 36 percent said it was more difficult to complete the physical requirements of their jobs than it was when they were younger.

White Jr. said his father had been working in the same Chicago-based warehouse for over a decade and was a manager when he fell to his death Sept. 24, 2015.

“My dad was the best at what he did. He’s the one who taught me everything I know,” the 26-year-old Chicago resident said. “He went up to get an item for the delivery driver and the next thing you know he made a wrong move and fell. The job is fast-paced and everybody is rushing.”

Thomas Stiede, principal officer for Teamsters Local 703, said White knew the safety procedures and he can’t understand why White didn’t wear a safety harness. “He was a very conscientious employee,” he said, his voice cracking with emotion.

Firefighters respond to the Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant, 100 miles north of Houston, after a fatal explosion.

Testa Inc. was fined $12,600 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to provide safety training. The company declined to comment for this story.

The same year White died, the fatal accident rate in Illinois for older workers was 4.5 per 100,000 workers, 60 percent higher than the comparable rate for all workers.

In most states, the fatal accident rates for older workers were consistently higher than comparable rates for all workers.

Nevada, New Jersey and Washington had the greatest percent increase in fatal accident rates for older workers between 2006 and 2015.

The three states with the biggest percent decrease were Hawaii, Oregon and Vermont.

Eight states saw their overall workplace fatality rate drop, even as the rate for older workers increased: Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.

In two states – North Dakota and Wisconsin – the trend was reversed; older worker accident rates decreased while the accident rate overall increased.

In metropolitan areas, Las Vegas ran counter to the national trend.

In 2006, the fatal accident rate among older workers in the Las Vegas metropolitan area was lower than the rate among all workers. But by 2015, the rate of deaths among older workers more than doubled even as the rate among all workers declined.

Transportation accidents account for a large portion of fatal workplace incidents among both older workers and workers in general.


In one such incident, Ruan Qiang Hua, 58, died last Nov. 21 from injuries suffered in a forklift accident at Good View Roofing and Building Supply warehouse, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. After a bag of mortar fell from the pallet, Qiang backed up and rolled off a ramp. The forklift tipped over and Qian was crushed when he jumped off.

The agency fined the San Francisco-based company $62,320, saying it had failed to ensure that forklift operators were competent and wore seat belts.

The company is appealing the penalties, according to OSHA.

Records show that Hua was not properly trained or certified as a forklift operator. Video of the incident showed he was not wearing his seatbelt. Other video from the worksite showed that other forklift operators also had not used their seat belts and that the employer failed to install a curb along the sides of the ramp to prevent the lifts from running off the ramp. The company declined to comment.

In California, the 2015 rate of fatal accidents was 3.4 per 100,000 workers for older workers, 60 percent higher than the rate for all workers.

The AP analysis showed that older workers were involved in about 1 in 4 fatal workplace accidents related to fires and explosions from 2011 to 2015.

In April 2014, Earle Robinson, 60, and other employees were doing maintenance work at Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant, about 100 miles north of Houston, when there was a loud explosion. Workers called 911 and pleaded for help.

“He’s in bad shape. He’s got a lot of facial burns,” according to a transcript of the 911 calls. “He’s got some pretty bad burns.”


Robinson was taken to a hospital in Houston and died days later. The company declined to comment for this story.

The year Robinson died, the fatality rate among older workers in Texas was 6.1 per 100,000 workers – 43 percent higher than the accident rate for all workers.

The National Center for Productive Aging and Work is pushing for changes in the workplace to make it safer for older workers. The year-old center is part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

“We advocate to make workplaces as age-friendly as possible,” said co-director James Grosch. For example, increased lighting helps older workers whose eyesight has weakened with age.

He said the center is emphasizing productive aging and looking at “how people can be more productive, how their wisdom can be leveraged in a workplace.”