More retirees are taking on "Encore Careers"

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - We tend to think of retirement as golfing more, taking vacations, and spending time with the grand kids. But, more retirees are choosing to forgo the relaxation for a second job.

"I've been a teacher for 30 some years," said Georganne Syler.

"I worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and I worked for them for just a little over 40 years," said Ed Ponder.

"I worked in the corporate world for 20 plus years," said Peg MacDougall.

After putting in decades of work, you would think people like Ponder couldn't wait for retirement.

"More or less did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it," said Ponder.

But more and more retirees are taking on 'Encore Careers,' a steady job after they retire.

"I still feel like I'm healthy enough and productive enough," said Ponder.

"You'd be bored to death if you stayed home all the time," said Syler.

Ponder now mows the grass the Perryville Airport.

"You hear too many people that they retire, and are bored," said Ponder.

"I get up in the morning and think oh I feel so guilty I'm not going to work," said Syler.

Syler retired in 2012. Now, she volunteers at organizations around town and was just elected to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Board.

"I do feel like I still have lots of energy and interest and hopefully positive things I can contribute," said Syler.

"My parents both retired at 55 and they both kind of just stopped, and I knew I didn't have that in me," said MacDougall.

MacDougall opened the Edward Bernard Gallery for her encore career.

"I was going to be sitting on my derrière doing nothing, and I just couldn't accept that," said MacDougall.

All three retirees said their jobs are not about the money.

"It was for my entertainment," said MacDougall.

"I could never sit in the house and actually do nothing, got to have a hobby or something," said

But Ponder said he isn't giving up relaxation all together.

"We've been on an Alaskan cruise, we've been on an Eastern Caribbean cruise," said Ponder.

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