On 92, Ike Baker refuses to retire. He has been a host to McDonalds in Dayton, Tennessee for the past 21 years and plans to continue another 10. He greets customers with a smile and a cheerful word and makes sure they have everything they need, and perhaps one of the oldest employees in the fast food chain, according to this report.
The Korean war veteran is one of a growing number of retirees who simply do not retire. Many believe that giving up work is harmful to their well-being – citing loss of identity, structure, status and social isolation … and they may be right.
The benefits of working
Author Michelle Pannor Silver has interviewed dozens of doctors, academics, top managers, and housewives older than 65 for her new book & Retirement and Its Discontents. Why we don't stop working even when we can. & # 39; She discovered that many interviewees felt helpless and unfulfilled and grieved for their loss of identity.
& # 39; I was surprised by the CEOS that did not have a pension and could not wait to find paid work that worked for them. Volunteering would not do it, "she told Forbes. " They spent adulthood shaping and cultivating work, "she said, noting that many had assistants to organize their schedules and that they did not know on retirement how to use personal planning equipment and were ashamed of missing appointments.
An academic described his departing party as & # 39; as a funeral & # 39 ;, where everyone spoke of him as if he were dead He intended to write historical novels, but could not start, and finally decided to continue with the research he considered his life's work.
What, I am retiring?
Marie Hainline never retired Now, 94, according to this report, she is considered the oldest working waitress in Iowa, who serves two lunches a week at the Bonaparte Retreat in the Bonaparte countryside. She started there n 1
Rose Hendricks, owner of the restaurant, always says – Laughter Hainline attracts customers with her laughter and chatter. "She is more than trustworthy. She would work here every day if I allowed her, & # 39; says Hendricks. Wise-cracked Hainline, who grew up on a farm and milks cows, is a classic example of aging with an attitude.
She insists that it's not just about the money, although "everything helps. "For her, it's social interactions with colleagues & customers. "I would have to pay Rose to work here," the great-great-grandmother says.
How to prepare
Pannor Silver recommends retirees to make lists of things that they enjoy doing, such as playing the piano or cooking, to help the transition from a full-time job. “It doesn't have to be something that you're good at, just something that interests you. You then channel the energy you used at work, "she says.
Patti Black, an asset management executive, suggests that people talk to retirement coaches and make the transition slow. For example, if someone is planning to drive a recreational vehicle through the US, he believes it is worth renting an RV for a couple of weeks to make sure it is as enjoyable as expected. feeling depressed, she recommends finding part-time work, going back to school as a volunteer or mentor, according to her comments to Barron.
She says that retirees should also evolve and adjust after completing the first "honeymoon period" of three to six months S cites the example of Jerry Moebes, 78, he intended to restore his hobby and sell antiques when he retired in 2006 from a large life insurance company, but he reinvented himself when the recession struck and prices fell. Instead of feeling depressed, he found new hobbies, including line dancing, went to the gym six days a week and spent hours in his vegetable garden. "I would have a very difficult pension if I did not have all those separate interests," he tells Barron's magazine.
What about you?
Many Senior Planet members have already taken this advice to heart, remain involved and remain active through their membership activities, and even volunteer at Senior Planet … dance line like Deborah Gouge and Dean LeClaire, or digital photography like Judy Kramer, or help keep the fort at the reception, such as NYC volunteer Barbara Lewers: “I have been working at Senior Planet for more than four years. I treat the reception and sometimes serve as a greeter. Senior Planet is a warm, welcoming place and it makes me feel good to be part of this community. I highly recommend volunteering at Senior Planet! ”
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