Obviously, whether it is out of economic necessity or brain health, more seniors are seeking not just to continue work, but to find "meaningful work." This is different than working for low wages at retailers. I teach a workshop for seniors on "Coping with Aging & Retirement Stress." The seniors I work with (already in late 60s and early 70s-80s) want challenging types of work. Many have high skills or management experience, but are frustrated that in retirement communities particularly, "make-work" jobs offer little challenge to cognitive skills and judgment.
Even public agencies specializing in aging populations fail to realize that the challenges of even part-time, problem-solving work more fully utilize their experience and stimulate creative neural capabilities rarely used to their fullest in later life. Dana Foundation is in a perfect position to help fund a program focusing on developing part-time senior workforce job/project matching systems that our public aging agencies seem to overlook or ignore.