How Seniors Can Extend Working Years


Age 55+ prospective home buyers who wish to relocate in Sarasota or Manatee and remain productive members of society even in their post-retirement years can rely on established local institutions addressing seniors’ needs in the two counties.

Work Matters! is one of these facilities which directly address the issue of employment for people who plan to continue working after retirement age. This group is composed of several area organizations whose services should help sharpen interest in Manatee-Sarasota homes for sale.

In pursuing their objectives, these agencies likewise assist in ensuring Manatee and Sarasota’s current and future economic growth. Notably, age 55+ individuals comprise a significant slice of the U.S. workforce and are mostly equipped with talents, skills, and experience valuable or indispensable for business and commercial outfits.

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How Seniors Can Extend Working Years

Among the activities of Work Matters are workshops, seminars and monthly meetings at the Sarasota County Health Department under the aegis of the Stakeholders in Aging Consortium, another entity championing the interests of the graying population. This regular community-based forum constitutes a vital network to advance and connect employment opportunities among people age 50 and above in Manatee and Sarasota.

Significantly, the scope of this network extends to Tampa and Naples as Work Matters has an existing partnership with the online facility Suncoast Jobs to help seniors in getting reemployed. Through this tie-up and other groups networked with Work Matters, age 55+ persons seeking jobs in the Suncoast area can avail of various resources, many of which are accessible for free.

With Work Matters, seniors looking for jobs can search for potential employers online. They can also learn how to hurdle age discrimination in their workplace. Beyond being an employment resource for seniors, Work Matters and its network can also help in skill-building/enhancing as well as assist enterprising individuals learn how to start their own business after age 50.

Deferred assisted living

These modes helping to prolong seniors’ sharing of their working experience, skills, and talents jibe well with the universal design (UD) which is likewise gaining exponents in Manatee and Sarasota. Also called inclusive design, UD essentially refers to ideas in building construction and product manufacturing which foster living and working environments which are easily accessible to all, particularly to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Locally, this concept is being promoted by the Universal Design Coalition (UDC), a group of Sarasota professionals in the fields of home building and remodeling, interior design, healthcare, and marketing. As an initial program, UDC has embarked on an educational campaign on the benefits of universal design features in homes. Some of these UD concepts have already been adopted in residences of age 55+ Sarasota communities like Forest Lakes Village.

UD benefits age 55 and above folks by enabling them to age in place or live in their residences longer and thus defer high costs associated with assisted living. In a presentation June 2015 to members of the Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee, UDC representatives noted that inexpensive home improvements, like step-free showers, grab bars for balance and lever door knobs, can enable seniors to live in their homes longer and postpone living in costly care facilities. It was estimated that UD improvements can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000, while assisted living costs can range from $35,000 to $65,000 annually.