More baby boomers finding new jobs during golden years

Alan Wu

March 25, 2011

There are many reasons that older adults are choosing to take up a new job during retirement. Some do it for pleasure, while others do it for financial reasons. Many baby boomers are even taking the time to pursue their dreams.

This was the case for 62-year-old Susan Harris, who worked as a court reporter before becoming a full-time blogger, according to BusinessNewsDaily.

“Having to earn an income is the great motivator that led me to my second career as a writer – the first career for me that’s been remotely creative or fulfilling,” Harris told the news source. “So for me, the combination of needing money but no longer being able to stomach mind-numbing work has been magic.”

Harris is far from alone, but many baby boomers may not have the same chance at a new job due to caregiving responsibilities. These individuals may want to invest in a personal emergency response system to install in a senior residence. Medical alert systems allow users to instantly send a medical alert if they require assistance.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of seniors who are working will grow by 80 percent by 2016. And while there are numerous senior citizen discounts available on Main Street, sometimes nothing beats a paycheck.

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