Summary of “Are You Pursuing Your Vision of Career Success”

You’ve followed the path that everyone else told you would be the one to lead to success – to your dream job – only to find that your dream job doesn’t feel so dreamy after all.
A 2015 study by Gallup showed that only one-third of the American workforce feels actively engaged in their work.
Each generation is experiencing its own work identity crisis, trying to determine why their work isn’t working for them.
Millennials – social media natives who have never lived separate lives at work and at home – don’t look for work-life balance, but rather work-life alignment, where they can be the same person, with the same values, at home and in the office.
GenXers, finding themselves caught between raising children and nursing aging parents, are looking for work that contributes to managing these demands rather than working against them.
You achieve consonance when your work has purpose and meaning for you.
Connection gives you sightlines into how your everyday work serves that calling by solving the problem at hand, growing the company’s bottom line, or reaching that goal.
Control reflects how you are able to influence your connection to that calling in order to have some say in the assignment of projects, deadlines, colleagues, and clients; to offer input into shared goals; and to do work that contributes to your career trajectory and earnings.

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Summary of “Study: many of the “oldest” people in the world may not be as old as we think”

How do some people make it to 100 or even 110 years old? Why do some regions – say, Sardinia, Italy, or Okinawa, Japan -produce dozens of these “Supercentenarians” while other regions produce none? Is it genetics? Diet? Environmental factors? Long walks at dawn?
Newman looks at the introduction of birth certificates in various states and finds that “The state-specific introduction of birth certificates is associated with a 69-82% fall in the number of supercentenarian records.”
In other words, as soon as a state starts keeping good records of when people are born, there’s a 69 to 82 percent fall in the number of people who live to the age of 110.
It does mean that the majority of people claiming to be supercentenarians, born in areas that didn’t keep reliable, accurate birth records, are probably not quite as old as they say they are.
In other words, all of our research into the biomarkers, habits, and diets that predict extreme old age? Probably worthless, because a significant share of the sample was not actually as old as we thought.
Only about one in 1,000 people who live to the age of 100 make it to 110.
The vast majority of people would never impersonate their parent or older sibling for benefits, or forge a birth certificate, or participate in identity theft, or get confused about how old they even are.
If one in 1,000 people would do that, then fraudulent supercentenarians will be more common than bona fide supercentenarians.

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Summary of “5 Ways to Respond to Ageism in a Job Interview”

Despite the negative stereotypes that older workers have less energy and are less productive, the data shows otherwise.
According to research from the Stanford Center on Longevity, older workers are healthy, have a strong work ethic, are loyal to their employers, and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs than their younger coworkers.
Show your excitement about the opportunity and the work you do.
Instead of discussing how many years of experience you have, or how many times you’ve done a certain type of project, show your enthusiasm for the job by saying something like, “This is my sweet spot. This is the work I love to do.” Calling out all of your years of experience can have the unintended consequence of alienating or intimidating your interviewer, or making you appear to be a know-it-all.
In finding ways to connect personally with her interviewer, Lauren made sure to use current references that a younger person could relate to, like a popular show on Netflix.
Humor is another way to connect and show the other person you’d be enjoyable to work with.
Show your ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
While ageism exists, focusing on what you can control and employing the strategies above can divert attention from your age and refocus it on why you are right for the job.

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Summary of “Millennial loneliness poll: 22 percent say they have “no friends””

22 percent of millennials in the poll said they had zero friends.
Twenty-seven percent said they had “No close friends,” 30 percent said they have “No best friends,” and 25 percent said they have no acquaintances.
In comparison, just 16 percent of Gen Xers and 9 percent of baby boomers say they have no friends.
While there may be something particular happening with millennials, it’s also possible loneliness naturally ebbs and flows throughout life.
More recently, in a 2016 paper, researchers in Germany found a peak of loneliness in a sample of 16,000 Germans at around age 30, another around age 50, and then increasing again at age 80.
“So most of the previous research has focused on old age, and for good reason, because it’s when loneliness levels are high.”
A 2015 meta-review of 70 studies showed that loneliness increases the risk of dying by 26 percent.
It’s also important to recognize that loneliness isn’t the same as having few friends.

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Summary of “At the Fortnite World Cup With H1ghSky1”

Just 90 minutes into the first day of the inaugural Fortnite World Cup, 12-year-old H1ghSky1 has a problem.
The store isn’t happy, and the manager pulls FaZe CEO Lee Trink aside to notify him that they’re kicking FaZe out.
There are 80 or so gamers in FaZe Clan, with millions of followers on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch.
Competing in e-sports tournaments can be lucrative – clan members won just over $1.5 million at the Fortnite World Cup – but the majority of FaZe’s haul comes from merchandise and sponsorships.
Many members of FaZe Clan are in their late teens or early 20s. They behave less like athletes than influencers: posing next to sports cars and private jets, doing #spon, throwing up the FaZe hand sign.
After his true age was revealed, FaZe had to negotiate with Twitch and Fortnite maker Epic to release the thousands of dollars H1ghSky1 had earned while playing underage.
Being drafted into FaZe Clan is an informal process that usually begins with scouts looking for talent on sites like Twitch, then determining how the gamers could fit into FaZe’s overall strategy.
“What we saw is somebody from a personality side and a skill side who fit within FaZe Clan despite his age,” Trink says of H1ghSky1.

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Summary of “Why Aging Isn’t Inevitable”

Illustration by Nora Krug.Humans age gradually, but some animals do all their aging in a rush at the end of life, while others don’t age at all, and a few can even age backward.
The variety of aging patterns in nature should be a caution sign to anyone inclined to generalize-particularly the generalization that aging is inevitable.
Aging can occur at a steady pace through the course of an entire lifetime, or there can be no aging at all for decades at a time, followed by sudden death.
Everything from growth to reproduction to aging must occur more slowly in a behemoth with a slow metabolism and tons of tissue to nourish.
Every conceivable combination is represented, with rapid aging and no aging and backward aging, paired with life spans of weeks or years or centuries.
At the top of the chart, with low mortality that rises suddenly at the end of life, humans are joined by lab worms and tropical fish! In fact, in terms of aging profiles, we humans look more like the lab worm than the chimpanzee.
If this is true, then the hydra’s style of aging is a throwback to protists, ancestral microbes more complex than bacteria-some of which have a limited life span, being able to divide only so many times until they run out of reproductive gas-unless they are jumpstarted by exchanging genes, which resets their aging clock.
Styles of aging in nature are just about as diverse as they can be, which suggests that nature is able to turn aging on and off at will.

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Summary of “I’m one of the NY1 anchorwomen suing over discrimination”

So why is it that, rather than being respected for the wisdom and experience that often comes with age, nearly two-thirds of workers aged 45 and older have seen or experienced age discrimination at work?
There appears to be a common misconception among TV news managers that “Young and pretty” women attract higher viewership and improve the bottom line.
In 1992, I was the first person hired for an on-camera role at the then-fledgling NY1 News on Time Warner Cable.
Over those years, NY1 made its name as a newsroom marked by substance over style and gained the trust of millions of New Yorkers who relied on our journalism.
You might also hear that new opportunities for on-air talent were in abundance, and NY1 was a place where you could quickly advance and develop your skills as an anchor.
With our careers that we all worked so hard to develop slipping away-what were we to do? We each filed complaints of age discrimination with human resources and with various levels of management at NY1, but the responses were remarkably dismissive.
The discrimination committed against older women in broadcasting has profound implications for the rest of society.
On June 19, 2019, we made the difficult and painful decision to file an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against Charter.

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Summary of “The Bittersweet Joy of Being Professionally Eclipsed by Your 9-Year-Old”

At age 15 and a sturdy 6-foot-2, Hudson quite literally blocks me completely from view when I stand behind him.
Since the tender age of 9, he has been the center of attention for another reason as well: He’s a child actor, a star of the ABC TV show Fresh Off the Boat, the first prime-time sitcom featuring an Asian American family in two decades, and the launchpad of stars such as Constance Wu and Randall Park.I have had a long and successful career as a culture writer, but these days, Hudson gets keynote address invitations and awards from organizations I’ve been a part of for decades.
Even more shockingly, the show became a hit, renewed for season after season after season.
Hudson’s amazing opportunity led our whole family to uproot and move to Los Angeles.
As my career went into suspended animation, I found myself spending more and more time on Hudson’s.
I got used to being referred to as “Hudson Yang’s dad,” a title that seemed to carry more weight than any others I held.
More practically, I’m also worried about the reality that as Hudson’s life extends into areas far beyond my range of knowledge and experience, I’m losing the ability to provide him with sound guidance.
As big as he is, and as mature as he’s getting, Hudson still demands hugs.

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Summary of “Can You Unwrinkle A Raisin?”

Aging, on the other hand, is more complicated – an ongoing process in which our very cells stab us in the back with the second law of thermodynamics.
Literally, the shape and appearance of the human cell change over time, said Denis Wirtz, professor of chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
“It starts folding into weird shapes.” An old cell looks, if you will, a bit more like a rehydrated raisin than a fresh grape.
With just a small sample, experts can see that older people not only have bigger, more wrinkly cells, but they also have greater variation in the sizes and shapes of individual cells.
Senescence is basically when old cells act all weird.
Senescent cells secrete chemicals that increase inflammation all over the body, Kaeberlein said.
If you take precancerous cells and expose them to the secretions of senescent cells, he said, they suddenly tip over the edge from “a little bit eccentric” to “Homicidal.” “It’s really spooky,” he told me.
Scientists don’t understand everything there is to know about senescence or the stuff that senescent cells excrete.

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Summary of “How robots and your smart fridge can keep you out of a nursing home”

Vicky has an idea of the challenges ahead. While caring for her parents, she saw how all the big and little tasks that are required if one is to live at home independently can eventually become unmanageable.
What my MIT AgeLab colleague Chaiwoo Lee and I imagine is a convergence of sensor, communication and AI technologies that transform the home into a platform of services to keep us connected, provide convenience and deliver care as we age.
While automation of home security and entertainment is not new, the introduction of AI-based smart speakers, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, has made connecting and controlling various technologies throughout the home far easier for people of all ages.
Smart devices alone do not transform the home into a service platform.
Kyle’s home-maintenance routine will be far easier with home systems that not only monitor the home but automatically connect to trusted service providers.
The Pria home companion from Black & Decker combines a smart medication manager with communication technologies that allow family members to remotely monitor meds, set health reminders and video chat with a distant loved one.
Best Buy’s introduction of new services and technologies to support family caregivers may be seen as the beginning of a new service-industry category of home logistics for an aging marketplace.
A final question returns us to the older buyers and users who would benefit most from a home service platform: How will retirees like Kyle and Vicky be able to afford this? Saving for retirement has always involved accounting for big-ticket costs such as housing and health care.

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