Humankind: Encore Careers
Although many people crave the break from daily work they receive upon retirement, in some cases the experience of an “endless vacation” eventually causes individuals to feel purposeless. They often feel lonely and depressed, drifting with too much spare time in which to think about their physical ailments. With the erosion of savings caused by the economic downturn starting in 2008, many seniors seeking extra income will now be moving back into the work force. Marc Freedman has been tracking this trend, including the opportunity for seasoned workers with many skills to find new satisfaction from employment in areas — like education, health care and environment — where they give something back to society.