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Seniors Beefing Up Workforce

Whether a senior is working of necessity or of desire, one thing is certain: older workers will be needed in the future.
Whether a senior is working of necessity or of desire, one thing is certain: older workers will be needed in the future.

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June 15, 2011

More older adults are continuing to work past a traditional retirement age, both as a result of desire and necessity. Many areas of the economy can benefit from the skills and expertise of seniors. Caregiving is one of those.

Q. I’m a 70-year-old who’s just retired from my professional career. It seems that others my age are still working. Is that trend expected to continue and do you have any suggestions what I might do since I’m already bored?

According to a June 2011 Gallup Poll, a combined 8 in 10 American workers think they will continue working full or part time after they reach retirement age. Proportionately more of these workers, 44 percent to 36 percent, say they will do so because they “want to” rather than because they “will have to.”

Whether a senior is working of necessity or of desire, one thing is certain: older workers will be needed in the future.

Regardless of the reasons, trends do indicate that your skills and those of your peers will be needed. Many analysts predict shortages of labor when Boomers retire, according to the report. Furthermore, unless the wave of retirements is more gradual than anticipated, employers not only will have fewer workers, but also will have fewer leaders. Those are plenty of good reasons to keep active in the job world.

Consider these resources to assist you in your professional search.

Seniors4Hire.org is a nationwide online Career Center that actively recruits U.S. workers 50 and older including retirees and senior citizens looking for a job and/or other ways to earn money. Membership is free for those 50 and older.

The Senior Job Bank or Workforce50.com can help older adults search open positions and areas of interest in their states. New positions are posted daily.

The AARP National Employer Team program connects 50+ workers with employers who recognize the value of their experience and skills, according to AARP. Employers listed as part of this network must undertake a detailed application process to demonstrate their interest in hiring mature workers. AARP’s website provides information on the employers and the positions they have posted on their websites, along with links to each employer’s AARP career page.

The Home Instead Senior Care® network is a member of this network. Jobs in the senior-care field are growing and seniors themselves are often ideal candidates to fill these positions. CAREGiversSM as well as office staff positions are available to help seniors remain in their homes and independent for as long as possible. For more about Home Instead Senior Care, go to www.homeinstead.com.

For more about the Gallup Poll, visit http://www.gallup.com/poll/147866/workers-expect-keep-working-retirement-age.aspx.

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