Don’t Stop Til You Drop

Three delightful British people explain why they are happily working at 80, 84, and 95. (“One of the challenges of getting older is that it is easier to create when you are really interested but it’s harder when you are not. If someone says to me, do something, and I don’t want to do it, I can’t do it at all. You can still do it if you want to, if you are moved to it.”) Good for them. There are also some people unhappily working in their 80s, and if you want to read about them, step right up. (“87-year-old Erika Weidner recently landed a job collecting tickets at a movie theater in Maplewood, N.J., making $7.25 an hour, four hours a week. She wants a second job but worries about her stamina…These days, Ms. Weidner’s rent devours all but $31 of her $1,566 monthly Social Security check.”)

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cryptolect (#1,135)

My grandpa is still treading the boards (literally: he’s a Chicago stage actor) at 88, playing characters a decade or so younger than he is and using canes he doesn’t need to convey their age and frailty. He says it keeps him young.

navigateher (#555)

A friend recently visited Estonia on a group trip, and their bus driver was 79 years old. His wife was 82, and still working as a cleaning lady / janitor. It’s apparently a thing there, because these old people (I don’t know if it’s all old people or just some though) get no social security or pension. They get next to no money if they don’t work.

selenana (#673)

@navigateher I saw a cleaner in the elevator yesterday and she had to be 80-90. I really hope she does it to stay active. We DO have social security/welfare for the elderly.

Fig. 1 (#632)

“what’s a weekend” I <3 YOU LOGAN (in a platonic fashion)

cmcm (#267)

I have no interest in retiring unless I end up rich (unlikely) and can just travel all the time. What is the point? I love working. Is that weird? I would get so desperately bored not having something to do every day.

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