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A Plan to Create Jobs for Senior Citizens

Updated on September 29, 2012
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Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.

The Open Discrimination of the 50's is Now Hidden - But it's Still With Us

Those unemployment figures that you read and hear about every week are a huge lie. The numbers do not include the people who have fallen off unemployment and they do not include many millions of senior citizens who crave a meaningful job.

Untold thousands of seniors try to exist on less than $1,000 per month, which is all they get from Social Security.

When they try to get work, they are quickly shuffled out of the picture in the most flagrant cases of discrimination imaginable. Employers know that they can discriminate against old people because the 'silvers and grays' are an 'unprotected minority'.

Even the job applications are discriminatory and should not be allowed. One of the early questions on many applications is, WHAT YEAR DID YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL?

Then, there is a check list of years that starts at 2012 and goes back to around 1975 and then stops. So it becomes obvious that the company does not want to hire anyone who graduated from school before 1975.

People who finished school in 1975 were born in the 1960s, which places them in their early fifties. In an age where 80 is the new 60, how can companies shun people who are barely a half century old?

I do not know the answer, but I know that they do. If it is hard for a 50 year old to get a job, imagine how difficult it is for a person of 60 or 70 years?

The solution might be for the government to force companies to hire older workers. Each firm of a certain size could be made to hire elders as ten or twenty per cent of their work force.

I have an alternative solution that I would like to pose. Under my plan, companies would hire senior citizens to fill in for vacationing workers. Perhaps the seniors would work for 50% of the regular employee's pay. This would serve to augment the senior's Social Security and would not be a huge financial drain on the companies.

My own late father did this for several years after he retired. He was a health and sanitary inspector for a medium sized city and worked four to six weeks per year covering for his successors.

Any company willing to participate in this should leave a comment and perhaps we can match an employee to your need.

Likewise, any seniors who would like to participate, please leave a comment and maybe a company will hire you.

Come on guys..........we can't leave this to the government. They won't help! Maybe we can help ourselves.


For more perspective on the plight of senior workers, read this


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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I agree that people over 50 are getting the shaft when trying to apply for work. In the education field in Thailand, teachers in government schools must retire when they are 60. The law doesn't seem to apply to the private schools because a lot of people in their 60s like me still have jobs in private schools. You would think an employer would value the experience of an older worker.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for the comment Paul. Congrats to you on finding such a rewarding and unusual career. I am almost 70 but my passion for older workers stretches all the way back to the 1960s during the period I attended Huntington Prep School in Boston. We had a wonderful teacher who was forced out at the mandatory retirement age of 65. At the last moment, our Headmaster relented and allowed our teacher to work one extra year. Although I was placated somewhat, I was still angered that he had to leave at 66. The man was amazing. He should have been permitted to work as long as he wanted.

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      Danvantari 5 years ago

      Hi Billrrr! I think when you reach that age, it's time to rest, relax and retire.. Why still looking for a summer job? :)


      All the best,


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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks very much for the comment Dan. I really appreciate it.

      Of course, you are one hundred per cent correct. Everybody who wants to r and r, should do so. But many can't rest and relax due to financial pressures. Many others feel too young to be retired - they love working.

      I am just saying that if we choose to work, we should have the same playing field as anybody else, and right now the deck is stacked against seniors.

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      kathleenkat 5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      The problem is social security, not employers not wanting to hire. People can't afford to retire, so they don't, so there is little vacancy. The only jobs I see in my (endless) job search that want young people only are in newspapers, and usually listed by seniors who need extra help lifting and etc. It is damn near impossible to find a job as a young, entry level person, especially when I have to click the "I am under 40" button, then fill in my birthday, on the equal opportunity employment portion of the application.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Kathleen, thanks so much for adding your perspective. I truly appreciate the comment. I love when you said that social security is the problem. People can't afford to retire, and since they don't, there are few vacancies. This situation certainly does add to the problem.

      P.S. As a cat owner, I love your photo.

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      Brenda Durham 4 years ago

      Ah, Bill, you're a cat owner AND an advocate for seniors! I love it! 'Cause I fit both categories. least I'm considered a "senior" by many places. I'm 53. I think this hub is wonderful. I've known several seniors who wanted to keep working past their retirement age. And while I'm thinking more like Dan, that relaxing at retirement sounds better, it would be good to know that the job market's open fairly to them too. I'd like to be working now, but I developed R.A. over a year ago, so my lack of strength and stamina limits the possibility of fulltime work, plus like you said there are few vacancies for even part-time work.

      I kinda disagree that Social Security is the problem, however. I'm more inclined to believe (as evidenced from some of the carp I hear from the mouths of people like Democrats in government) that the elderly are being discriminated against like you mentioned, considered old useless fogeys socially as well as physically. That really really tees me off. There is so much in the older generation that the younger one would do well to watch and follow.

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thankyou for the comments Brenda. Many people over 65 have to work because they simply cannot get by on their Social Security. Some of them still have mortgages to pay. The equity in their property has shrunk. I know of several folks who would like to retire and take it easy but they are not able to do so. A few of my friends tried to get reverse mortgages so they could stop working - but they were unable to qualify due to insufficient equity. So, what I am saying is that there should be no discrimination in hiring. If they want or need to work, they should be given a fair chance.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis makes it tough to do many things we all take for granted. My Mom battled it for decades. At 53 you are still middle aged, but watch out Brenda because AARP is watching. They know everybody's birthday and when you turn 55 they start sending you letters trying to peddle everything from life insurance to diapers!!!! They are relentless. Best of luck and thanks again for your insights.

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      kathleenkat 4 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      @Brenda; people think young people are useless, too. There are programs like Americorps that will recruit recent college grads and think its okay to pay them only $13k/year, because they are inexperienced and need the "good experience." I've been declined for management positions in favor of older coworkers, who have had "more experience," but how am I supposed to get experience if I am never offered a higher paying job? Wait until I'm 35? What a waste of life.

      The job market is rough for the millennials, too, and we have been given no favors with our skyrocketing tuition rates and budget cuts to universities. Our options are very limited, and most of us can't even afford to go to school (not that going to school will get you a higher-paying job, either).

      I think the government needs to quit focusing on the banks, Iraq, oil, and whatever, and start fixing their own country. America's unemployment rate is embarrassingly high.

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Hi Kathleen. Thankyou so much for your valuable input. I am glad to get a fresh perspective on this. How can a company get away with paying college grads 13K per year!!!! That is truly astounding. I am certain that part of the reason there are no jobs, is because many of our jobs have been shipped overseas.

      I know people that worked for the game companies, Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley. Those firms were bought out by Hasbro and Hasbro got rid of THE WORKERS and sent their work to China. Scrabble, Monopoly etc are now made across the ocean. The quality of the games is low and the prices are high. Hasbro is not the only offender. Thousands of other companies do the same thing. One of the worst is APPLE. People say that Steve Jobs was a genius....what he was a genius at, was shipping work overseas and getting his product made very cheaply and then charging a huge retail markup. We need to have AMERICAN PRODUCTS MADE IN AMERICA AGAIN. We need to do this even if it is more expensive.

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      GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Being born in the 70's i do not yet fall into this catagory. All i do know is that this is so true and the young people are missing out in the biggest way. We have no educated staff to train personel in the perspective fields and the companies want young people to keep the insurance down. They are all tripping over dallars to save pennies. 1 ounce of practicle knolage is priceless. The work force is loosing all of its knowlage and hiring "the old" as i have heard it is out of the question. Thank you micro managers from collage that us old people paid for you to go to.. Great article and such a missfortune. Voted up!!!

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks GlstngRosePetals for the wonderful comment.

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      GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Well your quite welcome, and thank you again for bringing light to this injustice. If you don't mind i would like to know if you could send this article with comments to Az Gov. John Mcain along with others from all states. As i believe it will turn some heads, The American leagoin is also a great orginization to get the word out..

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