Technology Training for Seniors
One program is training seniors to re-enter or stay competitive in the workforce. Computers, copy machines and fax machines are all devices that did not exist when most of today's seniors entered the workforce. But many find it difficult to obtain jobs without technology skills.
The U.S. Labor Department's Senior Community Service Employment program is training seniors and older workers for jobs in today's market.
"If it weren't for them, I dont think I would have this kind of a job right now," said office assistant Linda James.
She left her convenience store job to train for something she was more insterested in - a job in a legal office. She had spent much of her life working, but increasingly found it difficult to find a job she liked.
"I think there's a lot of discrimination, age discrimination, and I think I suffered from that discrimination," James said.
And James thinks working is important for most seniors today.
"I don't see 65 as any time to retire at this day in age," explained James.
The program trains low-income people over 55 to re-enter the workforce and hone their skills. And there is a basic reason for this program.
"People are living longer, they're reaching their life expectancy. As a result of that, there are more seniors entering the workforce," said Charisse Pappas of the Department of Health and Senior Services.
In the United States, there are at least one million workers over the age of 75. There were only 634,000 a decade ago. And this program will help seniors work well into their golden years. The program hopes to help about 300 low income Missouri seniors this year.