In fact, a superabundance of information concerning older workers, and
trends favorable to them, exists on the Web. What I offer you here is
only a small sampling of what?s out there. (By the way, the search
terms I used on Google included "hiring retired persons", "workers
over 60", "us labor trends", and "part-time older workers".)
As you would expect, organizations that advocate for seniors are an
excellent source of information, especially AARP in the United States.
But I also found that there is a lot of interest in part-time
older/retired workers in the business community. This interest
probably reflects a universal desire to cut costs, as well as a
salutary shift away from ageist views of older workers.
You asked specifically about success stories. A report made to the
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Forum in 1997 summarizes the
highly positive experience with older workers at two companies: Days
Inns of America, and B&Q, a British chain similar to Home Depot. The
report also summarizes results from previous studies of employer
attitudes towards older workers:
As well, the report references a previous 1996 study, "Valuing Older
Workers", which maybe of interest to you.
Another general and excellent source of information for you should be
the website of Experience Works, ?a national, nonprofit organization
that provides training and employment services for mature workers.
Established in 1965 as Green Thumb, and renamed Experience Works in
2002, the organization reaches more than 125,000 mature individuals in
all 50 states and Puerto Rico each year.?
The following page of the site page gives useful facts and figures,
references and summaries:
Additional information about trends favorable to older workers can be found at:
By the way, low-paying jobs in service industries are not the only
opportunities becoming more available to older/retired workers. Even
the highly youth-oriented information technology field is seeing new
advantages in hiring older IT professionals:
Further confirmation of this high-tech trend, in a global context, can
be found at this site of the United Nations Industrial Development
I hope this gives you a good start on an important and interesting topic.