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Economical Options for Seniors: Discounts, Part-Time Jobs

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There are various jobs that seniors like you can do. For example, the Home Instead Senior Care® office often hires older adults to serve as CAREGiversSM for other seniors.

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October 19, 2011

The economy has put a damper on the lives of many seniors. If you’re a senior who needs extra income, why not call Home Instead Senior Care® to learn about part-time job possibilities?

Q. As a senior widow living on a fixed income, I’m wondering how I can save costs on energy and utility bills. And with money getting so tight, I may need to go back to work. Since I’m past retirement age, what could I do?

Why not start by checking out the website www.seniordiscounts.com. According to the site, the average annual energy bill for a single family home in the United States is $2,200. That can take quite a toll on seniors living on a fixed income, particularly those who are facing higher gas prices and food bills.

Various resources are available to help, however. Many local and state government agencies have programs for older adults in need of assistance with paying home energy costs. These programs may have different requirements for qualifications. Some could require that you be of a certain age or income level, while others may require both.

Why not contact your local home energy supplier. Many energy providers are required to provide discounts on energy usage to low income households as well as seniors.

A MetLife Mature Market Institute study – Buddy, Can You Spare a Job? – reveals that many Americans over the age of 55 plan to work at least until age 69.

Department of Labor projections indicate that the 55-plus population will account for almost 93 percent of the net increase in the U.S. civilian labor force from 2006 to 2016. And there are various jobs that seniors like you can do. For example, the Home Instead Senior Care® office often hires older adults to serve as CAREGiversSM for other seniors.

Seniors can often relate best to the needs and interests of others their age, which makes them a perfect companionship match. CAREGivers complete a comprehensive training program and the hours are flexible. Learn more about jobs with Home Instead Senior Care by contacting your local office.

To read more about the MetLife Mature Market Institute Study, Buddy, Can You Spare a Job? go to http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/mmi-pressroom/mmi-buddy-can-you-spare-job-press-release.pdf.

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