Keene Star (Keene, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 6, 2011 Page: 3 of 12
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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Keene Star ★ 3
Job opportunities abound for seniors
Seniors looking to work or volunteer should consider working
at the local library.
At one point in the
film "Frost/Nixon," former
President Richard Nixon,
played by Frank Langella,
says, "Retired people are
the most bored people in
the world." While some re-
tirees might scoff at that re-
mark, others no doubt agree
there's an element of truth
Perhaps boredom is
one reason many seniors
continue to work past re-
tirement age. According
to the Congressional Re-
search Service (CRS), 47
percent of male seniors
and 34 percent of female
seniors were employed in
2007. That those figures
were from 2007 is signifi-
cant, as it indicates this
was before the economic
downturn of 2008-09, a
consequence of which was
more seniors returning to
For many seniors,
though, working isn't
simply a means to earn
money. In fact, seniors
who continued work-
ing past the age of 70
earned an average of just
$20,000 in 2007. Se-
niors also tend to work
to have something to do.
For seniors looking to do
just that, there are a host
of employment or even
that can help seniors stay
busy and possibly put a
little extra money in their
■ Local park service.
Many local park services
hire seniors to help keep
the parks clean. These are
often seasonal opportuni-
ties, making them ideal for
seniors who live in different
cities depending on the sea-
■ Golf course. Golf
courses are other sea-
sonal businesses, at least
in much of the country,
that also boast lots of
for seniors. For example,
golf courses need rang-
ers, who ensure all golf-
ers play by the rules and
respect the course, and
even maintenance staff,
who do everything from
cut the grass to maintain-
ing gardens. These can
also have double benefits,
providing seniors with
daily exercise to help
them stay healthy.
■ Volunteer. Many
programs that help indi-
gent citizens get by every
day welcome seniors as
volunteers. Meal delivery
services and other pro-
grams that cater to the
sick are often in need of a
■ School systems. Lo-
cal school districts also
have volunteer opportuni-
ties that can be ideal for
seniors. Positions such
as crossing guard or even
helping out with the local
athletic teams don't re-
quire much of a commit-
ment and can be reward-
ing and fun for seniors.
■ Consultant work. Se-
niors who miss the thrill
of business don't have
to give it up completely
simply because they're re-
tired. Many seniors earn
a handsome amount of
money by working as con-
sultants, using their vast
experience to help the
next generation. What's
more, consultants often
work on their own sched-
ule, an ideal situation for
seniors with a passion for
business but an equal pas-
sion for the positives of
■ Library. Libraries
might not be as popular as
they once were, but many
are still going strong, and
some even use volunteers
and part-time employees
to keep their operations
running smoothly. Many li-
braries prefer hiring seniors
thanks to their reliability
and good attitude.
New Social Security website
puts information at fingertips
Learning about Social Security ben-
efits, prescription costs and Social Se-
curity options is just a click away with a
newly redesigned website.
The changes on the website began
this month and are intended to make
searching for information easier and ex-
planations of benefits clearer.
Social Security public affairs
specialist Bryan Trevino said
the improvements should be
a welcome change to those
on Social Security or ap-
proaching retirement age.
“You will find the infor-
mation or service you want
quickly and easily,” Trevino
said.”You can find great infor-
mation categorized by general
topic at the top of the home page.”
Links on the website can direct a per-
son to information regarding:
■ Applying online for benefits.
■ Estimating your retirement ben-
■ Help with Medicare prescription
■ Services for people who already re-
■ Obtaining or replacing a Social Se-
At the center of the website page, you
will now find information targeted for
specific groups, such as Congress, the
press, Wounded Warriors and govern-
ment employees, as well as useful links
for emergency office closings to getting
help with your particular situation.
The searcher will also find infor-
mation about the agency, such
as careers with Social Security
and the history of Social Se-
The main menu items
on the web-site can direct
a searcher to other subject,
including retirement, disabil-
ity, survivors, supplemental
security income, Medicare and
A news section keeps readers up to
date on important Social Security news,
and a large question mark to the right of
the page takes the searcher to frequently
Visit the newly designed website at
Boomers turning to online dating
Individuals over age 50 are turning
more frequently to Internet dating to find a
new significant other.
After losing a loved one or completing
a divorce, many Baby Boomers are con-
sidering getting back into the dating pool.
Internet dating sites often provide a good
number of candidates for busy people to
consider. In busy times filled with work
responsibilities and family obligations, log-
ging on to the computer to find a date can
be much easier than finding a date in a so-
Twenty-two percent of the registered
members of Match.com are ages 50 or old-
er. There's a good chance that other popu-
lar dating sites also have a growing number
of older participants as well. There are also
dating sites geared to the over-50 crowd Boomers now represent morethan o quarter
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to make narrowing down prospects even,
Finding oneself in midlife and look-
ing for a date or new mate is actually quite
common. Thousands of people are in the
same situation. In a September 2003 study
of singles aged 55 - plus, The American As-
sociation for Retired People discovered that
49 percent said of respondents cited, "Hav-
ing someone to talk to or do things with" as
the most important reason for dating.
Seniors dating can have a unique set of
challenges in comparison to younger dat-
ers. These include:
■ Habits or routines that have devel-
oped after months or years of living single.
■ Added baggage from divorce.
■ Older children who may not be keen
to their parents dating again.
■ Elderly parents who need care.
■ Physical appearance woes, such as
wrinkles and extra weight.
■ Medical conditions that may be em-
barrassing or serious.
■ Self-esteem issues from being out of
the dating loop for so long.
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Gnadt, Paul. Keene Star (Keene, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 6, 2011, newspaper, January 6, 2011; Burleson, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth804090/m1/3/: accessed February 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Burleson Public Library.