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I started this Topic four years ago and find it exciting to see how the Work Force is growing older each year. So I thought I would update my current position in Life. As I stated earlier, I work because it keeps me going and gives me a reason to get out of bed each day. To bring things up to date I will be 85 years old in a few months and I recently changed jobs. I am now a Teachers Aid in our Local School System. This is a paid position and I enjoy working with the young children. I currently work about 15 to 20 hours per week. In addition to this I am a AARP Driver Safety Volunteer, I currently Serve as a Marketing Specialist and a Telephone Coordinator. I find that all of this activity helps to keep me Thinking YOUNG in Spirit and Mind. I plan to continue all this until I reach 100, maybe then I will RETIRE.

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That's the spirit!!!  We'll show those young guys what we are made of!  

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You should also thank each other for the wonderful years you made it work together!
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Age 79 and I am a substitute teacher about 150 days per year.  

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I am 75 and intend to work until at least 80 or maybe more. I enjoy the challenge and the money.
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95 is the new 75!  As a Senior its not about pursuing a career but more about finding something meaningful that allows us to learn new technologies, pay some bills, while giving us a reason to wake up and shower each morning!

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I just turned 79 and I work full time as a salaried employee of a community bank with 21 branches and growing. I work at the corporate headquarters and have never worked in a branch. I joined the bank 14 years ago with no bank experience. Previously I worked as an editorial print designer and then a web designer early on. When the internet bust happened in 2001 the startup I worked for let me go. I was in my sixties and couldn't find employment in my field, so I followed plan B which was to work for Trader Joe's even though I had never worked a cash register in my life. Indeed I was abominable at it and they kindly set me to demonstrating products, where I didn't need to handle money and couldn't get in as much trouble. I learned to cook doing that. And how to talk to people. After a couople years I was hired by the bank based on the recommendation of a bank employee who moonlighted at TJ for fun. I work in the Training Department designing online courses and acting as administrator for the system that assigns and tracks employee training. Once again I don't handle money so don't get in trouble. Everything I know about banking I learned by researching courses I needed to design, working with subject matter experts. I enjoy my work and feel like a normal employee, whatever that may be. I feel quite surprised and don't particularly like it when people exclaim over my advanced age and congratulate me on being competent. Give me a break! Anyway I work because I need to and I don't foresee that changing so guess I'll go out feet first.    

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I am writing this as an update. I am now 84 and my wife is 83. We are still very active and I still work. I now work 2- 8 hour shifts. Sunday and Monday nights from 11 PM to 7 AM. I love ever minute of the work and will continue as long as I can. I feel if you have a good marriage it adds to your longevity. My Wife and I are very happy and support each other in anything we do. We thank GOD every day for what we have and each other.

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Awesome!   You must be really strong to handle a job at the age of 80. This will teach those "kids" a thing or two.  

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I just wanted to update this posting. I will soon be 84 years old and I am still working. For those that asked the question "What do youy Do" I am a Gate Attendent at a Large RV Park. I also am the only one there so I am responsible for any out of the ordinary things that take place. I also take tours to be sure all is secure and close and open other Buildings as needed, I now work 2 -  11:00 PM to 7:00 AM shifts per week.

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