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OVER 50 WORKERS – SICK MORE OFTEN
 
By: Dan Miller

OVER 50 WORKERS – SICK MORE OFTEN

This is just one of the myths about older workers. According to the American Council of Life Insurance, workers 45 and older call in sick an average of 3.1 days per year compared to an average of 3.8 days for those 17 to 44.

Bonne Bell cosmetics, in Westlake Ohio, has a production facility with team members between the ages of 55 and 92. They run two four-hour shifts five days a week. Bell has found employees they describe as “hard-working, efficient, punctual and spirited.”

The opportunities for older workers are growing daily. The myths that if you are over 50 the opportunities are gone are just not true. And it’s not just about WalMart greeters or hamburger flippers. My dad, now 90, drove the Amish to weddings, funerals, etc. after his “retirement” until he was 86. I know, it scared us too, but he was getting $1.00 a mile. How cool for an 86 yr-old guy to hang out with friends of similar heritage and make $400-500 a day. Here are some additional resources on this growing trend:

Administration on Aging: www.aoa.gov
AARP: http://www.aarp.org
Second Half Strategies: http://www.secondhalf.net/
Informed Decisions, Inc.: http://www.elderlifeplanning.com/

The 2001 Census Bureau estimated that there were over 48,427 individuals over 100 in the United States. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, the number of centenarians throughout the world will increase to number 3.2 million.



 








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