Readers Write: The value of seniors in the workplace

The Island Now

I was reading a few weeks ago about a survey that pointed out that one out of five senior citizens after the age of 65 are still working. There are many reasons why some seniors are still working.

Some are working because of financial issues make it necessary. Then there are those who feel the need and belief there is more they can accomplish. We have those in entertainment, business, doctors, lawyers, professionals and those who believe they can still make a difference.

Then there are those like myself who feel we are not ready to fully retire and that we still have more to offer. I work for Northeast Plumbing in Mineola. I have been employed there for over 38 years and I will be 70 years old next summer.

I have been quite lucky to have great bosses who have been supportive, kind and understanding over the years. They are Laura Weimer and Jim Simpson, who run the company, and I thank them for all that they have done for me.

The reason I say this is because I had an aggressive cancer three years ago and had a total of four operations during this period. They kept me with the company and I have been working part-time. I don’t know many employers would have done the same.

In closing, let me say that our senior citizens have much to offer in the workplace and deserve a chance to prove it. So please employers, give a job to a senior citizen and you will be glad that you did.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.


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