An age-old com­plaint

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK -

To­day’s SOUND OFF is about age dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“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, Ind.

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.

Im­prov­ing your health is as easy as brush­ing and floss­ing your teeth, or so says my den­tist. Is this re­ally true? — Ali­cia V., Lin­coln, N.D.

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.

Read­ers, I strongly sug­gest mak­ing an ap­point­ment with your den­tist for a clean­ing and X-rays to en­sure you stay as healthy as pos­si­ble.

My daugh­ter-in-law was given a med­i­ca­tion for my grand­son, and the nurse told her to give him 1 tea­spoon­ful at bed­time. It’s even writ­ten on the bot­tle’s la­bel. The fol­low­ing day, I no­ticed half the bot­tle was gone! My daugh­ter-in-law had in­ad­ver­tently over­dosed my grand­son, ap­par­ently be­liev­ing that if a lit­tle is good, more is even bet­ter. Please tell your read­ers that it’s cru­cial to read the pre­scrip­tion la­bel, lis­ten to the doc­tor’s in­struc­tions and fol­low them to the let­ter. My grand­son suf­fered no long-last­ing harm, but not all chil­dren will be as lucky as he was.

— Y. in Texas

VALEN­TINE’S DAY

How can I get my hus­band to re­mem­ber me on Valen­tine’s Day? He says it’s a made-up cel­e­bra­tion so shop­keep­ers can make money. He doesn’t even give me a card.

— Poppy in Washington

Poppy, it’s time for a sit­down with your hus­band to let him know it hurts your feel­ings when he ig­nores you on Valen­tine’s Day. Your hus­band will make points with you if he re­mem­bers to buy you a box of candy or flow­ers, or does some thought­ful ges­ture.

Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5000; Fax 210-HELOISE; or email [email protected] Heloise.com.

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