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Age of golden workers: Many seniors working into 80s and 90s to stay active

Straits Times 30 April 2017 by Benson Ang, Life Section page C4

The Sunday Times found six people aged 80 and older who are still working. Among them are Madam Goh Gwek Eng, 93, a McDonald’s employee; Mr Seng Lee Fong, 90, a part-time bartender at Tanglin Club in Stevens Road; and Madam Chan Woh Hoong, 88, a kitchen assistant with restaurant chain Han’s Cafe, who joined as a cleaner about 30 years ago.

There are more older folks prefer to remain working as long as they can. Whether it is by choice or a necessity, older folks are working longer. If this becomes a new norm then are we ready for it?

“Working helps them keep dementia and loneliness at bay. More importantly, it gives them a sense of purpose and independence”, said Ms Helen Lim, founder and chief executive of Silver Spring.

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