Posted 7:27 AM 6/21/2012 : Staying active and working past retirement
ORACLE- At the age of 73 Mike Koen is still learning new tricks. An avid cyclist and runner, Koen thought he'd add something new to his repitoire.
"I learned about triathalon's and I said, let me try swimming," said Koen.
He's one of many active adults living in the Saddlebrooke retirement community in Oracle. While most of the residents are retired, many of them are still clocking in to work.
"You have to be 55 or older to live here but 50 percent of our residents are still working," said Lyndsay Higgins with Robson Communities.
As seniors pay more attention to their health, they are living longer. It's a big positive but that means they have to pay for those extra years.
"It just fills the gaps in the budget," said resident Mick Borm. "You have to make more money to support yourself while you're still alive."
Many of the seniors at the community don't seem to mind working. They usually take on jobs they are familiar with, keeping their hand in the career they left at retirement.
Studies have shown that working past retirement leads to more social contact and activity, meaning less chance of getting diseases.
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