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Q I’m in my 50s and, after years at the
same company, I have
to find a new job. Do you
have advice to help me
with job interviewers?
APay attention to first impressions. Get in
physical shape. It gives
you an energetic, vibrant
appearance. Spruce up
your hairstyle with an up-to-date cut. Wear clothes that are in fashion.
Focus on the company’s needs, not yours. Watch your body language.
Leaning forward can cue that you’re interested. Look people in the eye.
Be prepared to discuss how you’ve kept up with technology and changes in your field. Have specific examples that highlight your strengths.
Know the company’s history and goals. And don’t bad-mouth past employers. —Kerry Hannon, author of the AARP book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+
Q I hear conflicting reports about colonoscopies. If polyps are found, will my wife’s insurance pay for their removal?
Will my Medicare?
AThe Affordable Care Act makes colonoscopies a preventive service, so a routine screening colonoscopy is now free for people in employer
and individual health plans. The Department of Health and Human Services also says that removal of polyps is an integral part of the screening,
and so is covered by insurance without cost to the patient. Patients should
check with their doctors to see whether they will bill the colonoscopy as
a preventive screening or as a diagnostic test, which may entail a copay.
Patricia Barry, author of the AARP book Medicare for Dummies, says Medicare covers screening colonoscopies, but if polyps are found and removed,
patients must pay a copay. —Marsha Mercer, health policy reporter
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