The positives of being an older worker (USA Today)

USA Today tells the story of Gisela Ashley, who had been a real-estate agent for about 18 years when she decided to take inheritance money from her father and go back to school.

“She earned her master’s degree just one month shy of her 50th birthday in 2008, entering what she knew was a very difficult job market.

Her age coupled with the recession and limited experience in her new field of recreation programming for seniors should have added up to tough times for Ashley.”

She found ways to turn that around however.

“I actually interned for someone who said she had two bad experiences with previous interns who were in their 20s. She said that I renewed her faith in interns and said she appreciated my maturity and felt she could trust me. With the younger interns, she said she felt she had to watch them all the time,” Ashley says.

Read more of Ashley’s story at:


About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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