working late in life can be good for your health which is great news for the
increasing numbers of seniors that are opting to remain in or re-enter the
workforce. And, this is healthy news for the business community.
Ward, founder of Seniors4Hire.org says studies
show that depression after a job loss whether voluntary or not is a common
problem. Older workers who have invested a lot in their careers and identify
strongly with their work are at greatest risk. Working can help keep an older
person’s mind alert and their self-esteem up while providing a sense of purpose,
income and autonomy.
than being isolated at home, being engaged with the public or a project helps
ward off boredom and depression”, says Dr. Vonda Pelto, a clinical psychologist
in Long Beach, CA. “Having a place to go and people to see is very important to
the well-being of many people. Ultimately, work you enjoy reduces stress and
says, “There’s the misperception that older workers just want to be greeters at
some mall store. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have a great pool
of talent among the Seniors4Hire.org membership looking for meaningful
opportunities and not just a little something extra to do. Small businesses in
particular may want to take a look at our membership to fill key positions.
Many members are looking to port their skills in new areas.”
members are 50 and older and self-categorize their skills and job hunt needs.
The 15 most heavily populated categories are:
Administrative and Support Services
Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Education, Training & Library
Human Resources & Recruiting
Transportation & Warehousing
are folks who want to be gainfully employed and contribute to the bottom line
of the business. Work, is sometimes what we live for”, says Ward.