Study Shows Retirees Work to Improve Quality of Life

June 21, 2005--Posted at 4:30 CDT
JONESBORO-- A new study shows older workers are going strong in the job market.
It's a concept that retirees say improves the quality of life and health.
Revina Kruizenga has worked at Walmart for twelve and a half years now, and although she's past retirement age, she says she just can't quit.
"I'm the spice girl because I keep up the spices. I just enjoy working," Kruizenga says.
Her motivation is just evidence to a new survey that finds half of Americans between 50 and 70 are committed to keeping a job after retirement.
Whether it's to subsidize income or just get out of the house, the retirement community is going strong.
"I enjoy the people and I enjoy talking to the customers. I'm just a busy person and I like to stay busy," Kruizenga says.
Glenda Ford has been working for senior citizens for years placing them in numerous jobs to help improve their quality of life.
Ford of the Area Agency on Aging says, "One thing, it gets them away from the house, from sitting, staring at the walls. It keeps the self esteem. It builds it up. They're more apt to live longer."
A healthy but busy lifestyle is what 78-year-old human resource worker Edith Sharp says she lives--one that is much different from the lives of her friends.
"Most of the women I run around with, they don't work. I mean, they've retired and they stay that way, but you know, everyone has they're own idea of what they want to do," Sharp says.
It's the work that Edith says gives her purpose in life--an idea that may seem tiring to others but inspiring for most retirees.
"I didn't want to stay at home. I'd rather be out among people. To me, that's better than staying at home," Sharp says.