More people choosing to work well past retirement age

Seniors say they enjoy working to keep busy

Published On: Dec 31 2012 02:30:10 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 02 2013 08:23:23 AM EST
South Fla. -

More men and women are now working past the traditional retirement age of 65. No doubt economic factors are part of the reason -- but not completely. 

Some seniors aren't ready to slow down, they want to be productive and they love their new jobs.

Les Goldstein is one of those still working.  He’s doing what he's been doing for the last 55 years -- stopping drips, fixing drains and keeping toilets running smoothly. 

"That's my motto, Happy Flushing," Goldstein said.

He enjoys making extra money, doing service calls and keeping busy. 

”You feel important. You're doing an important job. You're making people happy, which I love to do," he said.

More workers like Goldstein are still employed into their 60s, 70s and beyond.  It's estimated about one-quarter of all senior men are still in the job market.  

There are more women too. 

Linda Parker retired from a career in health care.  Now she's giving cooking demonstrations 15 hours a week at Publix in Plantation.

High home owners insurance, property taxes and a husband unable to work put her back on the payroll to make ends meet. 

"If I didn't need to work I would still be doing this.  I like it that much," Parker said.

She has plenty of co-workers in her age group.  The supermarket chain employs over 2,000 workers 65 and over in South Florida. 

"For them Publix is a second career and so they bring with them skills that they have learned from previous careers that really help benefit Publix" said Kim Reynolds of Publix.  "It helps us to see what we could do different, what we could do better."

Frank Moore III is on his third career.  First a fireighter in Brooklyn, then a small business owner, now a security guard. 

"My wife doesn't, number 1, doesn't want me at home," says Moore. 

He says financially he doesn't have to work, but he puts in 40 hours anyway. 

"Being home is great, but it's not for everybody, and it's certainly not for me. I'll work 40-50 hours.  Whatever they allow me to do," said Moore who turns 73 in January.