Heloise

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about age discrimination.

— Heloise

“Dear Heloise: I retired last year from a job I held for over 25 years. I’m in excellent health, and I want to work part time. Before I retired, I was a district manager and well-respected in my field. My resume was done professionally and mentions the awards and achievements of my career. The problem is, no one seems to want to hire people my age.

“I’m not alone, because I’ve heard the same thing from other retirees who want to put in an honest day’s work but can’t get hired. We’ll work for the money that’s offered; we’ll show up on time and do the job. We have so much experience and numerous skills, but age discrimination is our biggest problem.  Employers should really take a second look at retirees and give us a chance to show how loyal, trustworthy and reliable a senior employee can be when given the opportunity.”

 — Roger H., South Bend, Indiana

Send a great hint to:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795001

San Antonio, TX 78279-5001

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Fast facts

Dear Readers: For those who receive a daily paper, here are some suggestions for the plastic sleeves that go over the newspaper:

• Use as an umbrella cover for storage.

• Decorative outdoor banners can be stored in them.

• Slip over golf clubs for storing.

— Heloise

Improving health

Dear Heloise: Improving your health is as easy as brushing and flossing your teeth, or so says my dentist. Is this really true?

 — Alicia V., Lincoln, North Dakota

Alicia, yes, it’s true. Research has found a link between oral care and overall health. Bacteria will in time build up in the mouth, making the gums susceptible to infection. Before long, the infection becomes gum disease, which affects the whole body. Your dentist can tell you more in detail.

— Heloise

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