Many younger adults are under the impression that life as a retiree will be a bed of roses, but many educated seniors will tell you that is not necessarily so. People from all over the world are finding that they have to remain in work until they are seventy or older. The reasons they need to do so vary. Some prefer to keep working well past standard retirement age because it offers them some form of social life or they find the work therapeutic. But increasingly there are financial reason forcing seniors to work past their desired retirement age as well.
Challenges and Rewards of Senior Employment
If you are considering working into your seventies (or beyond) there are some steps you should take to make sure that you can do this in a healthy manner. This should start with getting regular physical exams and discussing your work plans with your general practitioner. Some jobs may be more physically taxing than others, while there also may be some physical benefits to remaining active in your job as well.
Senior employment has been the subject of much debate. Some seniors have claimed that they have encountered age discrimination in the work place. Some employers may be reluctant to employ seniors, feeling that a younger person will do the job much better. However, repeated studies by organizations such as the National Council on Aging have shown this is not the case. Seniors are actually more reliable than younger people for most occupations and have better rates of job satisfaction. Older people are also far less likely to walk out of a job or to phone in sick. Many states now outlaw discrimination against seniors and senior employment are continually changing. You should be aware of what the laws are in your state.
Older people who are actively seeking senior employment (part-time or full-time) could approach the employment agencies that find work specifically for seniors. Some educated employers will go directly to these groups who have job vacancies because they are happy to employ reliable seniors.
Senior employment can offer many benefits including keeping you sharp mentally, physically active and financially sound. Challenges include facing age discrimination in the work place and health challenges. Not every one is ready for retirement come age 65, and increasingly more and more seniors are choosing to remain employed well into their 70s and beyond!