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American workforce graying

The graying of America extends to the work force. More and more Americans are finding reasons to spend their golden years on the job. Sol Taylor is twice the age of most people in his realty office. At 76 the former biology professor works four-ten hours a day. Taylor said, "I retired in 1982 and it was boring, so in 1985 I became a realtor." New census figures show that more and more Americans are working past retirement. Last year, nearly one in four people aged 65-74 were still on the job. That's up from 19 percent in 2000. With life expectancy for Americans now longer than ever -- with a lifespan average of 78 years old -- many people simply can't afford to retire: A sense of purpose is what drives 89-year-old West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd. This summer he celebrated 49 years in the Senate and is still one of its most eloquent speakers: Sen. Byrd said, "Age is no barrier to accomplishment. When the spirit and the mind are willing the creative juices continue to flow." Some companies are trying lure older, more experienced workers by offering flexible schedules. CVS's Snowbird program convinced one New Jersey grandfather to come out of retirement. He works winters in Florida and spends summers on the Jersey shore with his grandchildren: Pharmacist John Johns said, "You come back up here and everything is new again. It's like every six months we have a whole new lifestyle." Consumers may benefit from the graying workforce too. CVS says its older employees tend to be friendlier and have a better work ethic.

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