Working after 60?

by Bonnie

work after 60Thinking about working after 60? You’re not the only one.

One recent study showed 76% of baby boomers intend to keep working and earning in their “retirement.” This is a huge change from 20 or even 10 years ago.

Many baby boomers never had been saving enough for retirement. The “Great Recession,” which began in 2008 and still hasn’t let go, further darkened the picture. Some people are still working (or looking for work) because they need the money or the health insurance.

Some are still working because they want to. Many baby boomers are still healthy and vital enough at 60 that they’re not ready to retire to rocking chairs or even the golf course. They want to be active, engaged, stimulated, challenged, and contributing. Work is one of the best ways to do this.

Women turning 60 and in their 60s are pursuing a wider range of work options these days:

Staying in their jobs longer

Looking for new jobs

Changing careers

Starting businesses


What are you doing or planning on doing about work in your sixties? Click Comments below and let us know.

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1 Itty Bitty Boomer January 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Call me a statistic … I spent the majority of my 40+ working years being the primary support of my family (with not enough left over for 401K’s, etc), worked until I was 60 (started working at 17) …. was laid off last January … am working on developing my own home-based business as a meeting/event planner (doing site search and selection and contract negotiation for organizations doing conferences & meetings), volunteer time to the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (my passion in “paying it forward” as a post-op in helping end obesity), help my new husband with his environmental consulting business and will readily admit one of the compelling reasons we decided to get married was so that he could provide me with medical benefits before he retired from his state job.

I simply don’t see myself sitting in the rocking chair on the porch any time soon – there is too much yet to do in this life!

Hugs …

2 Bonnie January 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

Hi, Itty Bitty Boomer! I wouldn’t call you a statistic and I would say many people have lived their own version of a story that has something in common with yours. In spite of some hard knocks, it seems like you’re making the most of life — starting a new biz, volunteering, a new husband, and thinking there’s “too much yet to do in this life.” All the best to you! Warmly, Bonnie

3 vickiweddle January 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I was recently forced to retire. I am still trying to figure out what I will be doing next with out the structure in my life. I have enjoyed the jobs I have had in care giver rolls yet now it is time to take care of me. I am working on a plan of action.
At present am trying resolve some major health issues as now I am a senior and disabled.
I enjoy learning more about the use of my computer and doing some historical work regarding my family. I haven’t given up home to find somewhere to feel productive once again with limitations.

4 pat January 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

I’m 65 I was forced to take early retirement to care for my Mother who had Alzheimers. However, since her death 4 years ago I’ve taught myself how to do internet marketing and built a website that is creating a completely new life for me and hopefully boost my retirement income. There are lots of baby boomers starting new businesses in their 60’s particularly on the internet. If we’re all going to live longer we need to have something worthwhile to do for the next 20-30 years!

5 Bonnie January 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Hi, Pat! “We need to have something worthwhile to do for the next 20-30 years!” if we’re going to live longer is so true! Glad you’ve chosen to learn and then do something new that’s creating a new life for you. Fabulous! All the best with your new biz.

6 Bonnie January 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi, Vicki! Sorry you were forced to retire. Maybe your “next chapter” — once you figure out what you want to do — will be satisfying and fun. I hope so! It’s possible for you to feel productive again, even with limitations. All the best to you.

7 Annie Ross May 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

My sixties have now become my new forties.Iam fit,able and still producing glass for architecture and exhibition.I feel at the start of new discoveries with techniques and see the future as a vibrant and positive time.I have built my own studio…have no overheads and have paid off my mortgage! What could be better?

8 Bonnie May 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Wow, Annie! It sounds like you’re doing wonderfully well in your life. Good for you!

9 Marlene October 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Hi, I’m 62 and I live in Nova Scotia and work in Alberta as a rig cook in the oil fields. I spent 20 years in offices, then went to work in health care; when I got bored with that I went to work with mental health, then I decided to do someting different and am now cooking. I’m doing one more year in the oil rig camps then hopefully I’ll find something a little more fun. There is still a lot of life in me and I hope to live a long time, until 100 years or more. Chances are I’ll have to work the whole time, so, any advice would be appreciated. I’m not computer smart or crafty like some lucky people, there are times when I wish I could go back to the fifties where life was not so complicated. I love to travel and I’m very good at it. I’m also single so that gives me more choices; especially in the world of travel. Bye for now, Marlene

10 Bonnie October 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Hi, Marlene! Thanks for writing. Sounds like you’ve been good at doing a mix of things, following your interests, and avoiding boredom. All the best to you in discovering “What’s Next?” after the oil fields.

11 Adrienne May 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

Thank your for providing insight into working at sixty. I’m a project manager who is currently out of work. I’m considering taking a 12 week program to become a data scientist because I am still interested in technology and still want to work. My daughter is now out of college, working and looking for her own place. I feel I should take the training (costly!! 16K) so I can move ahead in the work place. The program will be full of STEM graduates, but because of my experience two industries, I have a chance to enter the program. They claim to have employers who are looking for program graduates, but I believe I need to review their website in detail, identify all my questions, meet with the program staff directly and then interview graduates directly to make a decision. My alternative is to go into Real Estate. Although it is an area of interest (future would be better), it is a start up business that needs time & resources to get it going. I’d also prefer to have a partner. I have one who is interested, but I still want to work in the corporate sector. I can see starting is on a part time basis in the future at a better time. Your thoughts, insights and suggestions are welcome as this will be the second time I take expensive training. The last time the World Trade Center situation derailed the program I completed as work in the northeast moved out of the area.

12 Bonnie May 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Hi, Adrienne! Beyond observing what others are doing, I don’t have much expertise on the issues involved in working after 60. Here are a few thoughts though . . .

$16,000 is a lot of money, although that may not be an uncommon price tag for technology training.

The big question is will that training pay for itself many times over by the job(s) you’ll get afterwards. Also, a big question is whether you will enjoy the work. If it were me, I’d want to do tons of due diligence to be sure they can deliver on the big promises they’re likely making. Some people have done well with these things; some have gotten badly burned. I’d also recommend due diligence on the real estate option.

In addition to getting all the needed facts and info on both options, I’d also recommend checking in with yourself. Where is your interest, energy, passion? It’s going to be much easier to succeed at something and make it work for you if you’ve got the juice for it.

All the best to you, Bonnie

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