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Optimism is In; Pessimists Out; Both Ageless

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January 16th, 2009

According to the most recentPew Institute poll, most of the country are now more optimistic about our country, economy, etc. all because they believe in President Elect Obama. According to the Pew release on the poll: "Public confidence in Barack Obama to deal with the nation's most pressing problems is quite high, with about seven-in-ten saying they have at least a fair amount of confidence that he will do the right thing when it comes to mending the economy, preventing terrorism, and dealing with Iraq. Notably, many Americans not only see the president-elect as a problem-solver, but as a "uniter" as well."About 50% of those surveyed said they believe the two parties will work together to improve the country's issues. How great this is for all of us. With optimism may come an increase in consumer confidence. If that improves, our economy will improve because we will invest in ourselves and our country. I am willing to bet that the stock market will rise again (let us say amen). Other interesting and positive items in the news this week is the report,alsofrom Pew, on social networks. More older adults are joining social networks. The poll reports the following: 19% of online 45 to 54 year olds have a profile ;10% of online 55 to 64 year olds have a profile; and 7% of online adults 65 and older have a profile. We may be getting older but we are also becoming more engaged with technolgy! And lastly on this optimistic blog, I got interviewed by a Reuters journalist on aspects of retirement (I am not retired) as it relates to the economy. She will let me know ' where and when it ' gets published. I am very excited about my first interview! Well, that's all folks! Enjoy your weekend. Happy Martin Luther King Day (we observe that Holiday at Erickson) which is perhaps more meaningful then ever this year. A new dawning of a new tomorrow begins January 20th, I say optimistically! Are you planning anything special? going to the inaugueration? Oh, remember: fear the purple, go Ravens!!