Barbara Fradkin – Hometown News
I am a senior looking for a part-time job. Where do I start?
Many people over age 50 are raising children (and grandchildren) and helping their aging parents. This can strain household budgets. People are also living longer and some seniors need additional income for a secure retirement. Millions of seniors are looking for full-time or part-time employment. The good news is that companies like hiring “seasoned” workers! And there are programs aplenty to help older Americans find just the right job.
The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) runs a program called Back to Work 50+. This program targets workers who previously worked, but may lack the skill sets for today’s job market. There is also SCSEP, the Senior Community Service Employment Program, a federal initiative to assist older workers. Both programs will train seniors to give them the skills and confidence they need. And AARP works in conjunction with SCSEP to provide employers with pre-screened, qualified candidates.
The majority of American workers (55%) plan to continue to work while in retirement. Why? In part for the additional income, but also to stay active, keep their brains sharp and maintain social connections.
The most common jobs listed by AARP include Home Health Aide (companion care), nanny, school bus driver, paralegal, receptionist and pharmacy technician. Jobs in healthcare are plentiful, especially Homemaker Companion and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Seniors make particularly good Homemaker Companions because of their understanding of other seniors.
Carolyn Orlik, One Senior Place Finance and Operations Manager, stresses that Homemaker Companions are not involved in “hands on” care. “Senior Partner Care Services is always looking for compassionate companions, for seniors who need a little help with meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping and transportation. Seniors who cannot drive need to get to the doctor and go shopping. Some just enjoy a pleasant drive. Companion shifts are short, 2 to 4 hours a day, twice a week.”
No matter what type of job you choose, make sure it brings you joy.
One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families. Questions for this column are answered by professionals in nursing, social work, care management and in-home care. Send questions to askOSP@OneSeniorPlace.com or visit One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging at OneSeniorPlace.com. Barbara Fradkin is a Social Worker, Certified Care Manager and the Director of One Senior Place, Viera.