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More seniors saying no to retirement

by FFE Entertainment News staff

The Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center have just released a report saying that more seniors are enjoying their jobs late in life.

The poll revealed that not only are more people voluntarily delaying retirement. It also said that 9 out of 10 seniors are satisfied with their jobs, with 65% of respondents saying they were very satisfied while 26% saying they were somewhat satisfied.

77-year-old Disneyland chef Oscar Martinez still enjoys his work in part because the people he meets make him happy. Martinez started working at the Carnation Café in 1955 and has become a local celebrity in the streets of Disneyland.

US-based American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) jobs expert Kerry Hannon said part of the phenomenon can be attributed to people having longer lifespans. But not only do questions like ‘Will I have enough to live on?’ keep the elderly motivated. Their opinion on work also reveals that the elderly are more actively engaged mentally.

AARP also believes that satisfaction stems from the fact that many seniors nowadays can enjoy their longevity in many ways. Exercise classes and dating sites are just some options seniors can tap. Hannon said as people get older, they look for new things to do, ‘and it’s fantastic.’

Robert Shuffler, a 96-year-old fishmonger, had only this to say: ‘No retirement, no way!’



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