Working As a Senior with Vision Loss

Pauline Winick, job coach and older worker

Pauline Winick, dynamic job
coach and older worker

Are you an older person experiencing vision loss who wants to continue working?

This section of VisionAware contains a wealth of information about what you can do keep your job, look for a job in today's job market, and determine your employment options.

AFB CareerConnect® offers additional information for job seekers investigating work options, employers planning to diversify their workforce, professionals working with visually impaired people, and friends or family members assisting someone who is blind or visually impaired.

The Stats about Working as an Older Person

More than 35 million Americans are already over age 65. As baby boomers continue to age, that number is expected to double by the year 2035. Many of these individuals are retiring but many are not ready to "throw in the towel," for a variety of reasons.

In fact, according to Money Magazine, "The latest data shows the unemployment rate for those over age 55 stands at just 4.1%, compared with 5.7% for the total population. The ranks of the long-term unemployed, which ballooned during the recession as mature workers lost their jobs, are coming down. Age- discrimination charges have fallen for six consecutive years. And now, as the job market is coming back to life, more companies are wooing the silver set with formal retraining programs."

The Alliance for Retired Americans reports that the number of unemployed older workers has gone down significantly over the last six years. In 2009 the rate for unemployed older workers was 7.1%. In November, 2015, the unemployment rate for this same group was 3.7%, one of the lowest since the beginning of the recovery in 2010.

These changes mean that it is possible for those over 50 to find work today.

What about Working as an Older Person with Vision Loss?

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), through its CareerConnect Mentor Database, has a list of over 1,000 blind or visually impaired individuals of all ages who are doing a wide range of jobs, including some unique ones. Of those, more than half are older! And they work in a variety of jobs.

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