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Family 411: Women Working After Retirement

DAYTON -- Do you plan to keep working after you retire?
Turns out, more women are doing that than ever before.  For many, its not because they're forced to worker longer to pay the bills.  Instead, they want to.

Marilynn Ritter is one of those women:  "For me, Valet Coffee is my second chance," she says.  Ritter isn't exactly starting out in life, but her coffee catering business IS in its infancy.  Ritter says at 61, shes still learning.  "Back in 1970, you took an ad and people clipped a coupon," but after almost 50 years in the beauty and flight industries, there's one thing she knows.  She says, "People are still fun to be around.  They're still interesting, they still surprise me.  It's just very rewarding."

Marcia Venus owns an executive coaching business.  At 71, she loves working with emerging leaders.  "Most of my work is engaging, exciting, entertaining.  It's really fun to watch them grow," says Venus.

Marcia and Marilynn are part of a growing trend:  women working longer by choice.  Career experts say Americans are changing the way they look at retirement. About two thirds say they plan to include work, and for an increasing number of women, it's not because of a need for money.

Julie Bauke, owner of the Bauke Group, says, "we are good at looking at options and creating a life that blends with everything else we do."  Bauke says women are born collaborators, so the idea of sitting on a porch may not be appealing to someone who likes to stay connected.  She says, "Being around the people you want is really important.  It's what keeps us young and alive."

Marilynn Ritter concurs, saying "The goal of being successful is very important to me."  And Marcia Venus says, "I have the flexibility to have all the fun of working with people, and then I can take off two weeks anytime I want."

Both women say as long as it's enjoyable, why quit?
Ritter:   "I don't think I'm a good relaxer. I need to be busy."
Venus:  "How long? What I say is, til they stop calling."

A study by the Pew Research Center shows that, by a two to one margin, those who expect to mix retirement with work will do it because they want to.  Career expert Julie Bauke says if you start planning by around age 50, you'll have plenty of time to develop that next phase of life.

 
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