end of retirement

mildred

Retirement appears to be a thing of the past.  I recently traveled to Lincoln, Tampa, and Pittsburgh to make the these three portraits for AARP.

Mildred,  the woman above is 101 years old and still works at the local newspaper in her small town outside of Lincoln.  She’s an amazing woman – no hearing aid,  no need for eyeglasses,  and completely independent.

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Frank,  a former airline pilot from Tampa,  is 89 and lost his pension when his employer went bankrupt.  So, Frank works over twenty hours a week helping other seniors find employment through the AARP foundation.  Like Mildred,  Frank amazed me with how young he seemed.  The man is extremely energetic and was constantly asking my assistant what he could do or what he could carry to help us out.  He’s a true gentleman with a sweet sense of style.

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Erma stands under 5 five feet tall and is 92 years old.  She’s been working for the Federal Government for over 67 years and just recently retired.  That’s right, almost 7 decades working for our government and she has a certain spark to her.  There’s such life in her eyes and you just know she’s got some stories.

I guess it’s partly depressing knowing that our seniors are having to work to make ends meet,  yet also a bit inspiring to see how active some still are.  I suppose it’s one thing to continue working if by choice,  but when it’s because of necessity,  it does seem like something is wrong.

You can currently read the online story here.

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