SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - For more and more Americans, the goal of retirement is getting tougher to reach. From the economy to rising health care costs, many seniors find working past 65 not a choice, but a necessity.
Bob Goss works to stock dog food at Rural King. Most days, Goss fill the store shelves before many shoppers are out of bed.
"A lot of times they're 50 pound bags of dog food," Goss said.
Goss is 70 years old. This senior citizen says luckily he doesn't have a problem lifting the heavy bags.
But he says it's not what he envisioned for retirement.
"I thought I was going to get to play golf or do whatever I want to do when I want to do it and I'd still have time to do what I needed to do at home, it's not working out that way," Goss said.
Goss says between high health costs and the rising price of living, work is a must to stay out of bankruptcy.
"It isn't a lot of money, but there's just enough there that it helps us over the hump," Goss said.
Goss is among a growing group of seniors going back to work after retirement. One place that helps seniors find jobs is Egyptian Area Agency on Aging.
"The people we find are desperate, they're just having a really hard time finding a job, just getting their foot in the door sometimes is hard," said John Smith with the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging.
Executive Director John Smith says many times it's harder for seniors to adapt to the way employers want the job done.
"We're finding we have to change how we train our older people to be more employable," Smith said.
Still for Goss his job is a matter of survival. He says his Social Security is just not enough, so he plans to keep his job for as long as possible.
"As long as my health holds out, I'll keep working," Goss added.
Smith adds they continue to work with employers when it comes to training seniors for the rapidly changing work place.