Whether you need a job to help with financial obligations during your senior years, or to pursue a new career or business, Lexington offers its residents plenty of resources, including training, education, workshops, job listings, and more.
Employers are looking for seniors with experience. This is the basis for the program ExperienceWorks. It offers a volunteer program for those seniors who do not want a part-time job, but want to stay engaged with the community.
The program has also partnered with AARP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide education and training to residents who qualify as needing financial assistance. If you are age 55 and older and meet the financial eligibility requirements, the local center will conduct an assessment to identify your past work experience, skills, talents, interests, and other experiences to guide you towards meaningful work. ExperienceWorks services 60 counties in Kentucky, most of these are south of Fayette County. Bluegrass serves Fayette County for the SCSEP program if you prefer to stay closer to home:
Bluegrass: 111 Professional Court; P.O. Box 738, Frankfort, KY 40602; Phone (502)-695-4290
The work available is part-time at minimum wage and is meant to strengthen your skill set so you can move to unsubsidized work. The program assists in job placement. Many public facilities, government offices, and nonprofits participate in the program including hospitals, schools, day care centers, and senior care centers.
Senior Job Bank is an online resource to help you find senior-friendly jobs in your area. AARP reports that more than 80 percent of seniors are now working past retirement age, so sites like Senior Job Bank focus on job listings perfect for senior citizens. You can search for jobs by title or location.
If you enjoy caring for aging seniors, Home Helpers provides non-medical services for in-home care and the majority of their employees are age 50 and older. If you have experience in this area, you can call (859)-381-8996 to learn more. If you are currently caring for an aging friend or family member eligible for Medicaid, the Directed Option through Medicaid may pay you to be a caregiver. The patient must be age 60 or over and meet eligibility requirements, both medically and financially. Contact the Fayette County Medicaid office to see if your family member qualifies.
Caregivers for veterans may be eligible for a stipend through the VA Aid and Attendance pension. The Veterans Administration can help your vet through the required paperwork for eligibility.
It is not uncommon for seniors to start a business after retirement, either a small business or home-based. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center can help you with business plans, forms, market research, financing options, technology, and growth. They also offer special resources for freelancers, minorities, and women in business.
Residents can look forward to senior-friendly workplaces in the city and with all the resources available, you might just find a new career to love.
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