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by Abigail Van Buren

Older Workers Bring Maturity and Experience to the Table

DEAR ABBY: Please encourage businesses to consider the benefits of hiring senior adults. They tend to be empty nesters and have skills that one can learn only from years of experience in the job market. Seniors are prompt, non-demanding and without a sense of self-entitlement. The baby boomer generation already knows the computer basics. They can be taught about software related to the job at hand, and they don't have a tendency to "job hop." Thanks for letting me have my say. -- BELIEVES IN SENIOR WORK ETHICS

DEAR BELIEVES: What you say about senior workers is true. They are hardworking, dedicated and motivated. However, it is up to each employer to decide what qualities they want and need while hiring, and I wouldn't presume to suggest they discriminate against a younger job-seeker.

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