Older Educated Americans Stuck in Shelters

Dr Wolff, I am one of older Americans, in my case age 58 and typically age 45 to 65 let go due to "economic reasons" and at this age the last to be hired. This despite an advanced degree and years of experience. In our current capitalistic model older workers are discriminated against and proving discrimination in hiring as it stands now is all but impossible. Many of us without the income of a spouse or a family to fall back on end up in the shelter system, such as me. Sadly I'm not alone. I am meeting other primarily men in the shelter system with pedigree degrees and years of experience. Conversations turn to how could we be here at this age and better days when we enjoyed a comfortable home, nice vacations, gym and country club memberships and the like. Today we struggle to survive and wonder if our future includes suicide, like so many men our age. I would very much like an organization such as yours to investigate this troubling trend, brought to us by a dysfunctional capitalism.

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  • George Romey
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2017-11-07 10:12:19 -0500