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Marching Minnesota Seniors Back To Work

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  It estimated that millions of us will be short of money during retirement. Today, a new program called, "Start Minnesota" got underway to help get more jobs for our most experienced workers.

   Shirley Olson spent most of her career in secretarial jobs. Now in retirement, she's working 20 hours a week at the Warren, Minnesota Senior Center. 

Shirley Olson, Warren, MN: "Any little extra income always helps.

  However, Olson says for many seniors, working at least part time is much more than just about money.

Shirley Olson: "I think there are quite a few not just for the extra money, but just to keep your mind active and have something to do."

  And that goes beyond today's exercise class. Olson says many employers are missing out on tons of experience that older workers have to offer.

Shirley Olson: "I think they can relate to a lot of things the young people haven't experienced. So, I think they can contribute a lot."

  The new, "Start Minnesota" program will use the power of State agencies to bring that message to potential employers.

Darla Waldner, Agency on Aging: "And we can link them to resources, whether that's through a collaboration with Work Force Centers, who have been doing a fabulous job of helping people return to the work force or working with various organizations that have a desire to employ older workers."

  Waldner says many retired folks are now worried about how they'll pay for health insurance. She this may be at least one solution for folks, who still want to remain active.

   If you're an older worker in Minnesota who's looking for employment, you can call toll free, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: 1-800-333-2433

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