Changing the Face of Retirement
According to the 2017 Census results, one in five Canadians aged 65 and older, or nearly 1.1 million seniors, reported working during the year. This is the highest proportion recorded since the 1981 Census. This rapid growth of senior employment illustrates a shift in the lifestyle of senior citizens; despite our beliefs, many are still working and enjoying it.
Canada’s growing senior workforce is a sign that retirement is dramatically changing. Many seniors aged 65+ still feel capable of contributing to their communities through leadership and service. As a result, a growing number of retirees are taking on consulting jobs, mentorship roles, volunteer positions and part-time employment. Many organizations are starting to see value in hiring seniors as they often bring decades of work experience across various industries. Seniors for Seniors, one of Ontario’s leading non-medical home care providers, has been a long-time proponent of senior employment since its inception in 1986.
“Our business model has always relied on the skills and expertise of seniors,” says Kristina Dobbin, Regional Manager of Seniors for Seniors. “We strongly believe that when it comes to senior care, fellow seniors are the best demographic to provide it. They can relate to our clients in a way that other age groups cannot and can share in the unique experience of aging. This often results in clients being more accepting of receiving assistance and families feeling confident in the level of care being provided to their loved one.”
For over 30 years Seniors for Seniors has been a source for part-time and full-time employment opportunities for seniors. Over the last few years, Seniors for Seniors has seen an incredible growth in the number of seniors who have joined the organization, primarily out of a genuine desire to stay active in the work world. The phenomenon of senior employment is not just relevant to Canada; it is becoming a popular trend on a global scale. Countries like the United States and India are also seeing an increase in senior employment and are beginning to develop government programs and bureaus dedicated to leveraging the power of this new workforce.
As the senior demographic increases over the next few years it is likely that seniors will become an integral part of Canada’s labour force. One thing is certain; seniors moving into retirement are feeling empowered to stay active in the workforce and continue to contribute to organizations and businesses. The seniors of today are reshaping the concept of retirement and proving that you can still use your professional expertise after 65.
For more information on senior employment or home care services from Seniors for Seniors, call 1-844-422-7399 or visit www.seniorsforseniors.ca