On-the-Job Seniors Defy Notions of “Old Age”

September 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm 1 comment

Most consider 65 the average retirement age, but this inspiring article we found from SeniorsForLiving.com written by Ysolt Usigan proves there are many ‘retirees’ out there who are still in the workforce, enjoying life, and thriving! In the past few decades, statistics have shown seniors are working well into their 60s and beyond. Get to know these three individuals who show no signs of stopping.

Evelyn, 84, the Energizer Bunny:

You would think her age would stop her, but Evelyn wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning to start her day. Her motivation? “I tell myself when I’m in the mirror: ‘You’re not too bad lookin’ for an old broad,” she reveals.

After 20 years of working for the Minneapolis Police Department, Evelyn now spends every weekday (except Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. organizing and putting products where they belong at a local Walmart. Evelyn calculated that she walks anywhere from 4 ½ to 5 ½ miles during a typical work day- so her job helps keep her in great shape.

After work, Evelyn says she makes a trip stop to the grocery store, puts her feet up, and relaxes with a nice cup of coffee. Will she stop working at Walmart anytime soon? She says, “No!”

Martha Jones, 83, Real Estate Maven

 She may live in a retirement community, but that doesn’t stop Martha from being a key player in the Florida real estate world! She has tried to retire three times in the past from jobs as a telephone operator, lab technician, and retail saleswoman at Sears, but she loves working.

To add to her strength, perseverance, and energy, Martha is also a cancer survivor. Her experiences and obstacles have led her to her most recent job of a real estate agent for Four Start Realty.

With her flexible schedule, Martha is able to play bridge every Monday and Friday afternoons and attend her exercise class every Tuesday and Thursday. “Too many times, when people reach an elderly age, they are viewed as useless and they start feeling unneeded,” she said. “Being needed is so important to elderly people.”

Leo Pearlstein, 89, Food Marketing Guru

Mr. Pearlstein still stays on top of his food marketing game, even at the age of 89. He usually has a typical workday starting at 8:30 a.m., where he continues to reply to emails, makes to-do lists, and meets with his team to discuss projects.

When asked why he hasn’t retired like many people of his age he says, “I love what I do. And frankly, except for collecting old cookbooks and recipes, playing drums when I can, and enjoying good music, I don’t have any major hobbies. My work is my hobby.”

This PR guru has supervised all phases of an agency’s operations and has won numerous awards for his accomplishments in marketing, PR, and merchandising.

“As long as my health is good and I enjoy what I’m doing, I don’t have any desire to retire,” he says.

As you can see, the work environment has many positive mental, emotional, and physical benefits for the aging. Encourage light work to your aging loved ones (if able) for an upbeat change of pace in their lives!

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  • 1. barb  |  October 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    This is amazing and wonderful to see just because you get older doesn’t mean you have to stop everything. To have long and meaningful life you need to keep busy with something that is a passion. The brain is a wonderful specimen in that if it is learning then your life will be richer and no mental issues will result. To live into your 90’s with a caregiver is a less stressful on you and your children. More freedom to come and go then living in a nursing home.

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