Hello again friends ! Welcome back to The Over 50 Corner…a place where we gather to just talk about “stuff”!
Well, the topic of this week was hard to determine since, a few things have been going on that I feel would give you some “food for thought”. So, I’ve decided on health and our personal economy. So, I give to you…My two cents of input!
As we all know, the main topic on every news broadcast is the Flu epidemic. I hope, as you read this, that you have not fallen to this horrific bug. I call it “horrific” because we are the age group that, due to our body’s decreasing immunity to this type of illness, are mostly affected. Horrific, because many of the patients requiring hospital care, are 50 yrs old and above. Unfortunately, many have not responded to the medical care received and have left the hospital feet first, if you know what I mean.
As a group, we need to make sure we stay healthy because, we may be the caregiver to our parents and maybe even to a sick grandchild that has been dropped off by their parents, so they could go to work. It’s a Catch-22 for us. Be healthy, as not to contaminate and healthy, as not to be contaminated! Now, I know I’ve said this before but, I’ll say it again…if you haven’t gotten your Flu shot yet, go get it today! AND…if you know that your grandchild or any youngster hasn’t received their immunization, please mention it to their parents because, as of today, there have been 37 pediatric deaths caused by the Flu bug. 10 times more than all of last year’s Flu season. Emtire school districts have been closed due to this illness. To think we have almost 2 months to go in this Flu season.
Ok, here’s my second gripe…during the last 2 weeks, 2 of my friends have lost their jobs due to the “re-organization” of their companies. Nothing new here but, both of these friends have been with their respective companies for over 30 years!! I repeat, 30 years of service!! One company’s reorganization was due to mergers and buyouts; the other was due to declining profits. Either way, don’t you think that an employee dedicating so much time to a particular company should, at least, be considered and given the opportunity to serve under another capacity? (Basically, neither was,) The loyalty given to the company was certainly not reciprocated! The “sad” thing is, that both friends have years to go before they reach the “retirement” age. Now what? Will age become a factor in obtaining a new job? I sure hope not! Both of these companies should really be ashamed to “dispose” of such an asset!
I’m through! Whew! That’s it for now, friends! I’ll end this time with two recommendations…1) Get your Flu shot and 2) Keep your resumé updated, ’cause you never know!
Hope to see you next time, right here under the lamp post at “The Over 50 Corner”.
Take care and BE SAFE out there! Your comments and suggestions are always appreciated and requested. Share with your “over 50” friends, if you have any!!