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Brenda gained career expertise as a human resources leader at a global company before becoming an HR consultant. Her functional experience includes a variety of sales roles in the health care industry achieving success for over 30 years. She is currently in Consulting & Analytics Business Development for a health care firm. Her passion is participating in, writing about and observing the evolving workforce. For the first time in history four generations work together. It keeps things interesting. Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are redefining retirement and what it means to age in the workforce. It is not just about money. Okay it plays a role! At 76.4 million members strong, Boomers are leveraging technology to continue their careers and the personal fulfillment working brings. Managing a late-stage career requires a strategy. There is no roadmap or one size fits all answer. This blog is about sharing, networking & finding your own right answer to working later, managing your career, redefining retirement, looking for work in your 50s & 60s and reinventing yourself.

Monday, June 27, 2011

How Old is Too Old to Work?

Recently I watched the PBS Special Documentary, "Over 90 & Loving It" and one thing became clear. The people in their 9th decade of life were active and many of them were continuing to work. My Mom is 73  and consults in the health information management field. She is even going back to school to take a course to become a certified trainer for electronic health record implementation!! One of the family practitioners I call on is celebrating his 81st birthday this year. Would you see a physician in his or her 80s?

I became fascinated with the prospect of how old is too old? Certainly, we don’t find many 90-year-olds working in Corporate America. However, there are family-owned and smaller firms that will allow people to work as long as they are productive.
  • What are your thoughts on the subject?
  • Are there benefits or downsides for the co-workers? The company?
  • How old is the oldest worker in your organization and what is their role?

Here’s the link to the PBS special. http://www.over90film.com/


  1. My husband and I don't work anymore but I do have a comment. Old is as old as you feel and as old as your checking account says you are. What isn't fair is how the corporations and gov't treats older workers. If you're on SS you can only make a limited amount of money before you have to pay a huge amount in taxes. They certainly don't encourage retirees to work. And of course, discrimination. It's rampant. It's very hard to overcome. If you're lucky and between 80&90, in good health and can find a job, grab it.

  2. I would not go to an 81 y.o. doctor.