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 mis-perception 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.