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DEAR JOHN: Over 80 and still working

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Dear John,

What have you been up to lately?  Hope all is going well.

 

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@johninnevada wrote:

I appreciate all the replies and find some very inyeresting.

 

I find a lot of similar occupations to my work life.

 

After I retired and started working again I drove cars for a Car Rental Agency and worked about 30 hours a week. Then I tiook courses on doing taxes and got certified and did taxes for a number of years, but found that I was working long hours and there were few rewards.

 

The work I do now is very rewarding and as I approach my 81st Birthday I have taken on an additional shift and have no intention of ever retiring.

 

As I tell all my friends, "If I don't work, at the end of the day I am still in my Night Clothes and what have I really accomplished? NOTHING!!!" "Life has more to offer than that and I want to enjoy my Life"

 

Johninnevada


 

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i am ovr 80 and have recently retired however the day of my retiement i was asked to work a few days and agreed it is hard to quit  and will probably continue to fill in occasionaly

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I was a vice president for academic affairs at a small university and seminary. I made over $50,000 at the peak of my career.

Now I'm working for $9.50 an hour part-time, after trying to find work for a long time.

My problem with most jobs is I've had a stroke that's affected my speech, so I can't speak easily (or sing, for that matter, which I used to do professionally).

So my experience is: If you don't own your own business, expect far less from a job than you're used to.

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I'm not yet 70, but my plans had been to work full-time till I reached 70 and P/T till age 72.  Unfortunately I was let go from my job last April.  At that time I was the primary caregiver to my 95 year old mother whose behavior took a turn from "love" to extreme hatred for me.  I unfortunately had to place her in a LTC facility.  It took almost 2-3 months and various medications to stabilize her and she is almost back to her sweet self. 

 

I would have liked to continue to work part-time to break into retirement slowly but my mother needs to have me around and I visit on an almost daily basis.  I also considered working 16 to 20 hours per week currently but find that my visits to my mom are now my P/T job as I spend anywhere from 4 to 6 hours a day with her. I am, however, in the process of writing a series of books which I hope to try to sell on my website (considered Amazon, but untrusting of putting my SS number on line). 

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I'm writing for my husband who will be 81 next weekend and still works full time as a realtor.  

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good for you
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I am 82 and still work as a substitute teacher in local middle and high schools.

I love interacting with the kids and the job is ideal. I work when I want to and refuse when I

don't, usually four or five days a month..

One of my several careers was teaching as well as working as a chemist, sales executive, and entrepreneur.

 

 

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I am. I find it joyful getting up with a purpose, plus I enjoy the salary, insurance, holidays, travel and educational activities.
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I retired at 62 and found it to be very boring. Started a small home improvement company and just kept going. I''m now 81 and after my wife died, the business kept me involved and sane. Will probably stop working when the good lord calls me home.
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