David’s ‘vocation’ has kept him working past retirement

David Winter is a softly-spoken 81-year-old who has been working as a psychiatrist for more than 50 years. Actually, he doesn’t call what he does ‘work’—he sees it as a vocation.

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Marjorie can’t see herself ever retiring

Marjorie Shackleford tried retirement once and didn’t like it. I caught up with her when I was writing Refusing to Retire. She’s one of those people who should keep working.

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Alan builds banjos instead of retiring

Back in the late 1960s, Alan Funk bought his first banjo. It cost him $50. ‘I soon worked out why it was $50,’ he says. ‘It was the greatest heap of rubbish. It was a terrible banjo, and I thought, I could build a better one than this. So I did.’

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Brenda the 84-year-old checkout ‘hen’ shares thoughts about retirement

Brenda Palmer is a bit of a celebrity. She’s often in the local papers and occasionally in major papers of Melbourne and elsewhere. She’s appeared on television several times. Palmer is a Coles supermarket checkout ‘hen’. She has become an identity because, at the age of 84, she has worked in the local Coles for 48 years.

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