The poster child of this story on CNN.com today is Jack Borden, a 101-year-old attorney who practices fulltime in Weatherford, Texas. Retirement is the last thing on his mind. “I have to use a walker because of old age, so there’s not much else I could do except sit in my house. Why do that when I can not only enjoy life, but help some people?” In Borden’s view, as in Bill and Ruth Stein’s, limited mobility is a catalyst for staying on the job rather than a reason to take a load off.
Although many older workers are delaying retirement because of the recession, the article cites a new Pew survey in which 54 percent of workers 65 or older reported that they now work mainly because they want to. Frank Childers retired but got bored. Now he and his wife, both 88, work at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Anderson, SC.(Frank does maintenance; Gertrude waits tables.) Then there’s Astrid Thoenig, who turned 100 at her desk at the Thornton Insurance Co. in Parsippany, NJ. last week. Opening a pile of identical birthday cards, she commented, “They don’t make that many that say “Happy 100th.” I wonder how long it’s going to take Hallmark to catch up?