@stuffisthings I actually see a lot of live-in caregivers in their fifties and sixties right now, so maybe! As an aside, apparently they often fall into the "casual babysitting" minimum wage loophole. Depressing. http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/11/news/economy/fastest-growing-job/index.html
@bowtiesarecool I'm in and out of nursing homes and making home visits with older adults a lot for my internship and WORD. Our lifespans may be extending, but our healthspans aren't necessarily keeping pace.
Planning for infirmity just makes sense. Most of us will die after long chronic illnesses, as opposed to going suddenly from healthy to dead. Working in our last years may not be an option.
I loved this! Learning how these mysterious (to me) systems work is always so enlightening. A friend of mine bought a house a few years ago and had to tear up her drain after noticing that her basement floor was always damp after she showered. At first she assumed there was a leak in in the floor of the bathroom that was dripping onto the basement floor below. Turned out the terracotta drain pipe running under the floor had broken and the cement floor was simply absorbing the moisture! Pricey to fix, but she only paid $25k for the house to begin with.
@readyornot After owing a few hundred bucks once, I have the higher single rate withheld (I'm married). Now I love tax time because it generally means getting a few grand back! I hope this doesn't come out as condescending or obnoxious, but I kind of wonder if freelancing/self-employment is a good fit for Logan. I remember in one of the mental health posts, her describing being at her best when she was working a job with clear expectations and reasonable accountability (I could be remembering that wrong or misquoting!). And granted, employers can completely screw up your taxes, but it is generally pretty low stress compared with managing your taxes as a self-employed person (when my husband was self-employed, he ended up owing prretty big amounts a few times and had a payment plan with the IRS for years). Of course, Logan is my favorite part of the Billfold and I don't ever want her to leave, but this post just got me thinking about the collateral junk we deal with in different types of employment.
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@limenotapple 63 when we're home and awake, 55 when we're at work or asleep. Fleece robes ftw!
@stuffisthings Yeah, I wanted to point out that there are some potential benefits to working for a larger company, like FMLA and an actual HR department to voice complaints with, as opposed to having to tell your supervisor/the owner of the business/the only other person in the building to quit touching you. Granted, larger companies can been very creative about screwing their employees, but just from experience following up with HR depts vs. very small employers when working in mental health, the employees of larger businesses received more support from their employers in terms of sick leave, FLMA time, and the ability to adapt positions or transfer to others.
@chic noir Also, depending on where you might think of attending for an MSW, an assistantship with a tuition waiver is a very real possibility. Opportunities within an actual SW dept might be limited, but other departments, such as Advising, Residential Education, and Judicial love SW grad students because of the counseling focus.
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@TARDIStime When I went back to grad school, I was able to get a part time position with the company I had been working for full time. A semester in, I landed an assistantship and quit the part time job. Now I'm graduating in May and wondering if I should have stuck with the part time job since it was at least tangentially in my field, even though I would have needed to borrow more money without the assistantship tuition waiver. Oh, hindsight!
I also wanted one purse, forever and always, and have found it in a Timbuk2 Lula mini-messenger bag. You can customize every panel with a bunch of fabric choices, they last for years and years, and cost around $50. I am admittedly pretty far on the tomboy side of the apparent femininity spectrum, though.