How Many of You Still Work?

Discussion in 'Senior Employment' started by Mal Campbell, Apr 20, 2015.

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Are you retired?

  1. Yes, finally

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  2. Yes, but not by choice

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    15.4%
  3. Semi-retired, still working part-time

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  4. No, and I can't wait - I'm counting the days/years

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  5. No, and I'm happy to still be working

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  1. Arlene Richards

    Arlene Richards Very Well-Known Member
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    I had some medical issues and retired at 57. I’m now 65 and have had several surgeries, and aside from no longer driving I’m doing okay healthwise. A few years ago there was a job at a very upscale independent living facility in my neighborhood that would have been ideal for me – clerical, low-stress, part-time. I applied, but long to short they decided to do some internal shuffling and it didn’t pan out. I would have taken it and the extra money would have been nice. Oh, well.
     
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  2. Chrissy Cross

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    I don't work and never really did except for few jobs here and there. My husband always liked to say that my whole life is a vacation when I would mention a trip. He was only kidding of course, what sane man would say that seriously to someone who cooked him delicious full course home made dinners. :)

    @Holly Saunders , your previous job doing the research for TV sounds very interesting...was it?
     
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    LOL...my husband gets delicious home cooked dinners...but he's always kicked my ass to work as well...I shoulda found a richer man shouldn't I? ;):D


    Yes, my job was very interesting met and worked with many very well known names some of whom have become personal life long friends.. It's not something I speak about on forums usually., some people get a little irritated .My o/h has worked in TV and film production all his life ...not as a researcher I hasten to add...:)
     
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  4. Chrissy Cross

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    Sounds fun! I wouldn't get irritated if you talked about it, I find it fascinating especially since I don't know anyone famous. :)
     
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  5. Bobby Cole

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    Hmmmm dunno. I work at making my coffee in the morning and work at whatever work I want to do during the day.
    When I am not doing odd jobs around the house I am doing odd jobs around the neighborhood. And when I am not doing the odd jobs I work at studying whatever I am studying.

    Three or four days a week I go to the gym with my wife and work at working out which could be in reality working in because the gym is indoors. When I go to bed at night I know I work because my wife assures me that I snore but she works at ignoring that particular idiosyncrasy about me.

    Employed? No, unless you consider the honey-do's which always come with some kind of reward so I could say that yes, I am gainfully employed and probably will be until they retire this gentleman under a pile of dirt.
    Hence, the above gives good reasoning behind not addressing the poll. Or, I guess I could have just put a check on each one and confused everyone the same as I always am.
     
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  6. Amie Warren

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    I work part-time online. I lost my job in 2008 when the economy collapsed, and was not able to find another, mostly because of my age. Some friends suggested I start doing online work, and that's what I've been doing ever since. I work as much as I want, depending on what I'm working toward. Right now, I'm working more, because I want to take a trip this summer.
     
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  7. Ken Anderson

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    I've been doing that since I retired from being a paramedic in 2001. I love being able to set my own hours, but then there is the uncertainty about how much money is going to be coming in.
     
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  8. Arlene Richards

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    While I know ageism exists, the main reason people are having trouble finding jobs is that there are too few jobs and too many people applying for them. It’s a numbers game.

    I know someone who was very frustrated because people who had jobs kept rattling off places to apply. He said “I don’t need people to toss the yellow pages at me. I need someone to hire me”.
     
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  9. Babs Hunt

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    I'm retired from the working world but still employed as "Granny care" for my grandchildren. It's the best job ever as far as I'm concerned and even though I don't do it full time anymore...I hope this job never ends! :)
     
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    So many employers are applying attrition. When employees retire, quit, or die they're not replacing them. The work is given to existing staff, which creates other problems.
     
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  11. Bill Boggs

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    @Bobby Cole: Hmmmm dunno. I work at making my coffee in the morning and work at whatever work I want to doing during the day.

    Can I asked, what coffee you use?
     
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  12. Bobby Cole

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    Whatever coffee works at that time. Sometimes it's Community Coffee unless I wake up and do not feel very community minded in which case I go straight for a Chicory/Pure blend. The pure part is a Louisiana colloquial term meaning whatever coffee is available at the time disregarding it's origin.

    Then, I have those nutty little mornings which finds me making a pot of "Chock full o Nuts." Like I first wrote though, Whatever "Works" and helps my brain "Work".

    Ha .........I did manage to stay on topic after all.
     
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  13. Bill Boggs

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    Thanks, good show. I've been trying to get my store to stock Community Coffee Beans. have a friend in La. who sent me a Large bag of Community Dark Ground. I liked it but would prefer the beans.

    thanks.
     
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    I left my job in about 1992 so I could travel with my husband as he worked out of town a lot. I missed my job (working for the county social services) but am glad I went as I got to see parts of this country I would have never made it to. I have been to Fl and clear up to NJ and then I guess I've been in every coastal state and lots of the others too. I love the United States and would like to see more of it.
     
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  15. Chris Ladewig

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    I still work because I have to. I would love to quit but can't make it on S/S alone. I still have two off spring living with me who help the best they can, but none of us could make it by our selves. I had it pretty well together at one point but my husband got cancer and drained everything we had trying to keep him alive. That didn't work so here I am.
     
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  16. Frank Sanoica

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    @chris ladewig Chris, I felt awful after reading your post. I feel something is terribly wrong if one MUST work to make ends meet, after age 70. Are your offspring helping the best they can, because of other commitment? Old age should be a time of contentment and repose, which for you, is obviously not the case. We wish there was some means of materially helping out, beyond words, which are nice sentimentally, but pay no bills.

    Please, tell us more of your position, if you care to. Frank
     
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    I think that this is a problem that affects many people of our age, especially women. It used to be that more women stayed at home and raised the children, did the housework, and basically kept the family running smoothly. The husband was considered "the breadwinner", and his income was what the family lived on. Of course, back then, many families , even the ones who lived in town, had their own gardens, and most yards had fruit trees of one kind or another, so people didn't have to buy as many of their groceries as we do now.
    In any case, the wife did not have any income to accrue Social Security benefits, and they shared the husband's benefits after retirement.

    When there is a divorce, usually after the children are grown and gone, then the wife has to find a job and support herselt, which does give her some SS; but not enough to live on.
    Mine (because of those same circumstances ) is only about $400, which is certainly not anywhere near enough to live on, and there are many other women who are also in this same situation.
    Even women who are widowed, and receive their husband's SS pension do not really have enough to do more than survive on, and can certainly not live a quality lifestyle.
    Another hing that is extremely frustrating is the fact that people who come to the United States illegally, and have contributed NOTHING to this country in any way, are now often entitled to all of the givernment benefits available, while our own senior citizens, who should receive these benefits, mostly do not get them.
     
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  18. Chris Ladewig

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    I did not mean to make any one feel awful. What is is and we go on with the cards we are dealt. I have had to make lifestyle changes but life goes on and so will I.
     
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  19. Babs Hunt

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    @Chris Ladewigh What a great attitude you have. Life is what we make of it. Sounds like you are blessed because you choose to see life as a blessing. :)
     
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    Working part-time, mostly training others on commercial HVAC systems.
    Couple days a week is plenty. Enjoy passing on any info I might have gathered over the years.
     
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  21. Frank Sanoica

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    @Tim Burr I would love to discuss chillers with you. Care to take the time? Frank
     
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    I am in the process of turning over all the books and equipments under my care in the course of my work as a college librarian. My target to retire is on December 2016 and I will have to double my time as next month classes will start again for another semester.
     
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    Well, I will be 52 this years, so I am not quite to that retirement age yet. However, even when I reach that age, I am not sure that I will want to retire fully.

    I am able to work part time and enjoy doing freelance work, which is a much more leisurely pace of life in some ways. On the other hand, being my own boss means that if I do not have the motivation one day, I don't get paid that day. Ha ha.
     
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    That, I really like, appreciate, and can relate to. In a somewhat different situation, but similar requirements to produce needed results, we lived without power or running water, in an area mostly cold the greater part of the year, so thus HAD to drive ourselves to stock in firewood, feed the two stoves in the middle of the night, see to it the animals would not freeze (milk goat, chickens), walk out amongst the coyotes' howling, (of course, in the middle of the night), to pee in an outhouse 100 feet from our humble cabin. THIS was "living off the grid", before the phrase hade been coined.

    Would I do it again? IN A HEARTBEAT!
    Frank
     
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  25. Diana Kristof

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    Frank, that sounds fun, scary, exciting and interesting. LOL How long did you do this for, and what were your motivations? I'm curious as to why you stopped as well. It sounds like the kind of life that many people choose and don't change. I know a family who have pretty much always lived off the grid, no TV, no internet, no electricity. It is amazing what we get used to that we don't actually need.
     
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