It is true even for old people
Most people are grateful to be able to work
Having a job and being able to work is a good thing. It is a blessing for most people, especially during the COVID pandemic when many jobs were lost. Older people are also working later into life. Work is an essential part of life for most of the population of the world.
It is very evident that there are many senior citizens who are at the age of sixty-five or older who are still working either full or part-time. They are being busy, engaged, and productive even though they are in their sunset years of life.
Nation.com had an article recently entitled: “Here’s How Seniors Are Making Extra Money: Top Seven Part-time Jobs.” The article states that almost eight million seniors age sixty-five and over are still employed according to the Pew Research Center. The number of people in that age range who were working in the year 2000 was about four million.
Older people are working for a variety of reasons. Much of it is related to financial concerns, but there are other reasons as well. These may include to avoid boredom, to remain productive, to interact with other people, to serve and give, and to keep learning.
Senior citizens can be seen working at places like McDonald’s or Walmart. They may need to supplement their income or they may be bored staying at home with not much to do.
The report indicated that senior employees are in high demand and are able to find good jobs which pay well. The top seven jobs they listed were:
- Uber or Lyft Driver
- Instructor, Teaching Assistant, or Tutor
- Child Services Provider
- Customer Service Representative
- Dog Walker
The list did not include writer. There may be millions of senior citizens writing each day for profit or for fun. Perhaps the research company did not list writing because most people likely do not earn much or any money from it. Whether or not they earn money from writing, many people sixty-five and over are spending a considerable amount of time writing.
If we look at people in government or entertainment and media, we will see that there are many older people still working in those lucrative fields of endeavor. Medical doctors and other professionals often keep working into old age.
These people are not usually doing it for the money as many of them are millionaires or billionaires who have plenty of money. They feel they still have something to offer in spite of their advanced years, and they want to serve.
Some examples of seniors still working in visible areas are:
- President Joe Biden, 78 years
- Senator Dianne Feinstein, 87 years
- Senator Bernie Sanders, 79 years
- Senator Mitch McConnell, 79 years
- Senator Mitt Romney, 74 years
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 81 years
- Michael Bloomberg, 79 years
- Lesley Stahl, 79 years
- Andrea Mitchell, 74 years
- Judge Judy, 78 years
- Anthony Hopkins, 83 years
- Jack Nicholson, 83 years
In addition, there is Queen Elizabeth at age 95 and the Pope at age 84. President Russell M. Nelson is a former heart surgeon who leads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 96. Donald Trump is 74. Betty White is 99, and Warren Buffet is 90. Bill Gates is 65 years old.
These people are generally in good health. They have good minds. They are giving back in service even as they are considered old in years.
This is just a small number of those who prove that older people can still be productive, useful, active, and employed in their later years. If their physical and mental health are not prohibitive, they can continue to contribute to society.
Work is good for anyone who is fortunate enough to have it. Old people are able to work either full or part-time or as volunteers well into their senior years. It helps them to stay healthy and productive longer.