Is working late in life good for your health? Yes, says

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., --Working late in life can be good for your health which is great news for the increasing numbers of seniors that are opting to remain in or re-enter the workforce. And, this is healthy news for the business community.

RenĂ©e Ward, founder of says studies show that depression after a job loss whether voluntary or not is a common problem. Older workers who have invested a lot in their careers and identify strongly with their work are at greatest risk. Working can help keep an older person’s mind alert and their self-esteem up while providing a sense of purpose, income and autonomy.

“Rather than being isolated at home, being engaged with the public or a project helps ward off boredom and depression”, says Dr. Vonda Pelto, a clinical psychologist in Long Beach, CA. “Having a place to go and people to see is very important to the well-being of many people. Ultimately, work you enjoy reduces stress and prolongs life.”

Ward says, “There’s the mis-perception that older workers just want to be greeters at some mall store. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have a great pool of talent among the membership looking for meaningful opportunities and not just a little something extra to do. Small businesses in particular may want to take a look at our membership to fill key positions. Many members are looking to port their skills in new areas.” members are 50 and older and self-categorize their skills and job hunt needs. The 15 most heavily populated categories are:
Accounting & Auditing
Administrative and Support Services
Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Computer-related Services
Education, Training & Library
Executive Management
Human Resources & Recruiting
Operations Management
Transportation & Warehousing

“These are folks who want to be gainfully employed and contribute to the bottom line of the business. Work, is sometimes what we live for”, says Ward.

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