Tales of Florida Seniors who Love to Work

A lot of Baby Boomers and Older Adults say they plan to work to the age of 75. Reasons vary from lack of money to simply enjoying the structure of work.

The Orlando Sentinal asked several locals about their thoughts of working into their 70s and received a number of differing responses.

Pati Howard, 60, a medical transcriptionist in Orlando, Florida told The Sentinal: "I gag at the prospect of working at age 74. I'm counting the years until I can leave my job, collect my Social Security, and finally have no one other than my husband to tell me what I am doing day by day!"

Others begged to differ.

Ed Rinalducci, 75-year-old psychology professor at the University of Central Florida, said, "I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't have this job."

Irene Bonner, at 73, still thrives on a 40 hour week as a waitress at Daybreak Diner in Orlando, Florida. She covers every weekday, from 4:30 am until after lunch. She enjoys waitressing. "It's found money," she told the Orlando Sentinel, "and I don't have to dress up every day."

Ed Heimann's success at owning two Florida Burger King restaurants with his brother allowed him to retire early when they were sold. But he became bored with travel and took up volunteer work. For the past decade he has worked as a paid support staff 20 hours a week at Baldwin-Fairchild funeral home.

Jay Caballero, 69, works Monday through Friday, putting in 40 hours a week, reporting to work at 5:30am. "I really haven't found out what I want to do when I grow up." In the meantime, she reports for work Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., putting in 40 hours a week. "I don't see myself sitting around the house."

These hardy Floridians are not ready for Retirement Living.