Like many other developed nations, Canada’s population is ageing. Census data from 2016 indicates that senior citizens make up 16.9 per cent of the population – more than the number of people aged 14 and under. And that figure is set to rise, with projections putting it at 25% of people by 2031.
With so many people approaching or already at retirement age, award-winning stair lift manufacturer Acorn Stairlifts have put together a list of suitable jobs available for the elderly.
If you’ve spent your career developing specialist skills and qualifications, then becoming a consultant could be right up your alley.
Becoming a consultant allows you to put all those years of experience to good use – whether your background is in management, engineering, accounting, bookkeeping or something else. Even if you’re not retired, consulting could still be a great move to make towards the end of your career.
There are many opportunities for low-stress, part-time work in the education sector. Schools and universities are always on the look-out for support & administrative staff. Here’s a few examples:
- Administrative workers
- Bus drivers & bus monitors
- Crossing guards
- Help in the cafeteria
- Teacher’s assistants
If you’re interested in a more academic role, you could also consider working as an adjunct professor at a college or university. Roles like this will see you sharing your experience and expertise with students. Some higher education establishments offer online courses, allowing elderly lecturers to work from the comfort of their own homes.
If working at a college or university isn’t for you, you could always teach a course at a local community or senior centre.
Were you athletic in your younger years? If so, why not pass on some of that experience & wisdom by becoming a sports coach? It’s a great way to stay active and spend some time outdoors.
Customer service representative
If you’re comfortable using a computer and have good communication skills, this role would be perfect for you. A customer service representative will spend their time answering calls, dealing with customer queries, taking messages or troubleshooting problems. As it’s a desk-based job, it’s ideal for anyone with limited mobility – some companies will even let you work from home.
Whether you choose one of the occupations listed above or something else entirely, just remember that working after retirement lets you work on your own terms. On top of this, many employers will value the unmatched experience that comes with older workers.