Working Into Retirement: How Independent Living Can Help

Posted By on July 15, 2020

While many people look forward to kicking off their retirement and work-free life by moving to an independent living community, others are moving to one before they’ve left the workforce. As more Americans are delaying retirement, adults who live in senior living communities are continuing to work or choosing to go back to work after retirement.

HarborChase Senior Living has independent living communities across the United States, perfect for those who wish to revel in the new-found freedom of retirement or those who want to enjoy the amenities of the community while also continuing to work. We’re taking a look at how working into retirement can be beneficial, and how senior living communities can help!

Benefits of Working Into Retirement

A growing number of older Americans are staying in the workforce later or returning to work after retirement. According to a projection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “by 2022…31.9% of those ages 65 to 74 will still be working (Pew Research Center).” The reasons for this vary, but there are several benefits of working (even part-time) into your retirement years, including:

Extra Income

According to a Transamerica study, the majority of older adults (53%) say that they are working into retirement because they want or need additional income. Whether it’s to pay off debt or for a little extra spending money, working in retirement is a great way to make some extra income.

Staying Active and Connected

Working after retirement, even if it’s part-time, is a good opportunity to stimulate yourself both physically and mentally. Whatever your work may entail, it can be beneficial for your overall health by keeping your brain sharp, your body active, or your social skills engaged.

Sense of Purpose

Having a job during retirement years, even if it’s only for a few hours a week, can give you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. You can feel productive and useful without having to be tied down by the long hours of a full-time job.

Jobs Ideas for Retirees

If you’re looking for a fulfilling part-time job during retirement, there are several industries and occupations that prove to be great fits for older adults. Some popular jobs for retirees include:


This is a popular choice among older adults who have a knack for numbers but aren’t looking for an over-strenuous position. As a bookkeeper, you manage a company’s invoices and other financial records. This job is low-commitment, provides a sense of productivity and purpose, and can keep your brain sharp.


Driving jobs can be a good fit for older adults who are familiar with their area, and want to get out and about and meet new people. Positions as a driver can range from a school bus driver to a more flexible on-demand driver, such as Uber or Lyft.


Becoming a tutor after retirement is a great option for those older adults who aim to keep their cognitive abilities sharp and functioning. Not only are tutoring hours flexible, but you’re able to interact with people and feel a sense of fulfillment for helping others.

How Independent Living Can Help

For those who choose to delay retirement or go back to work after retirement, considering an independent living community can be a great place to start. By providing an experience and lifestyle that focuses on ease and engagement, independent living communities can create an effortless way of life for residents who choose to stay active in the workforce. HarborChase Senior Living has many independent living communities that offer advantages for those who wish to work (as well as those who wish to relax!), including:

No Home Upkeep

At HarborChase independent living communities, we are committed to providing the luxury service of a prestigious hotel while focusing on each residents’ needs. Without the nuisances of home and yard maintenance, you can devote more time and energy to your job. You can be ensured that, after coming home from work, you won’t have to take care of any home upkeep.

Dining Services

HarborChase Senior Living promises an extraordinary dining experience, whatever your lifestyle may be. Our variety of dining services are perfect for our residents who wish to work. Grab a quick bite to-go, or come home after work for an excellent sit-down meal. Not having to worry about cooking or shopping will allow you more time to focus on your work.

Community Events and Activities

From fitness and art classes to social events, HarborChase Senior Living promises to excite and engage all residents. For residents who choose to work, our community activities and events are a great way to unwind after working! These events can keep you happy, healthy, and socialized, so you’re ready to go back to work.

Just because you’re interested in living in a retirement community, doesn’t mean you have to retire! Independent living communities can give you all the tools necessary to find a balance between work life and home life. At HarborChase Senior Living communities, our amenities and services help bring you a life filled with luxury, community, and more, while allowing you to focus on work if you so choose.

HarborChase Senior Living has senior living communities across the United States that focus on creating a happy and fulfilled life for our residents.

For more information on independent living, or to schedule a tour at one of our communities, contact us today.

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