Americans working longer, holding off retirement


    Thanks to American's living longer, company lay-off's and changes in the economy, millions of older Americans now working past the age of retirement. (WSYX/WTTE)

    Thanks to American's living longer, company lay-off's and changes in the economy, millions of older Americans now working past the age of retirement.

    Employment experts report that the days of working at one company for 30 years and collecting a pension for many are over.

    For many older workers, retiring is simply out of reach. They're now focused on using the skills they've learned over a lifetime to find work. In Central Ohio, there are resources available to help.

    Teresa Breckinridge, like millions of older Americans are putting retirement aside. She told ABC6 that financial and family responsibilities are a big factor.

    "We have children, family we're still trying to take care of, so I can see myself working probably past 65 if I can," said Breckinridge.

    For the past year she has served as the chapel administrator at Schoedinger Funeral Home in Grove City.

    Carol Ventresca, is the executive director for Whitehall based organization "Employment for Seniors." The organization helps connect job seekers with employers. Also, assisting with interviewing skills and crafting a quality resume.

    "Over the past 10 years, the job search process has greatly changed. Our volunteers are former managers, supervisors, H.R. representatives, so they have been in the process of hiring people," said Ventresca.

    Ventresca said there are plenty of local seniors like Breckinridge who are simply looking for an opportunity.

    "They are willing to go the extra mile. They have good communication skills, and they have so much experience and information that they become good mentors to younger folks," said Ventresca.

    Breckinridge is thankful for the opportunity. She believes she's proof of what mature employees bring to the workforce.

    "You know it's very humbling, but at the same time it's so rewarding," Breckinridge told ABC6.

    If you're an older worker and looking for information on job opportunities head to this website for Employment for Seniors: www.employseniors.org

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