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Guess what I am still here. My wife turned 84 in February and I turned 85 in April. I am still considered an Employee of the Local School District, however the Governor has closed all the Schools for this year, so I guess I will have to wait until next semester. I have to say that I am starting to get LAZY, when I wake up in the Morning I say why bother to get up, after all I have nothing to do.

 

I can't wait until I can return to work. I just realize I never posted that I left my job after 9 Years and started working as a Substitute Para Pro, and or Campus Monitor as the local School District. I absolutely love my New Position and as I told the School Supt, he probably has the OLDEST Employee in the District.

 

However, I must say as we proceed with this "PANDEMIC", I am totally Bored and feel that my years left on this earth are just being wasted away. I hope it will be over soon and we can return to our NEW Normal;. I say NEW Normal because things will never be the same. They will change. I can only hope for my children's sake for the Better.

 

Hope this finds all the many seniors whose paths I have crossed and their families are all OK. GOD BLESS

Johninnevada
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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!  

Seniors are just antique people rich with history.
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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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