CBS is featuring Hazel Sanchez.
Since she's still working at age 102, she's atypical enough to be a news item. But, within a few years, her kind of approach to aging could become more standard. There is growing pushback on society's expectation that reaching a certain age requires ceasing to be in the marketplace hustling for opportunity.
Most of Sanchez' life had been spent as a traditional stay-at-home mom. Then at 80, reports CBS, she started her career at Sundance School in North Plainfield, New Jersey. Looks like she was a Late Bloomer. She's still there teaching.
This will become more common as the aging split into two cultures. There will be those of us who refuse to stop working. Then there will be those who decide to retire or are forced into a non-work lifestyle.
As I hammer in this article in Medium, there is growing tension between the two cultures. Those nestled in retirement communities such as Saddlebrook, Oro Valley, Arizona, often question why we are out there trying to earn a buck. Perhaps they miss having us available to come out to play with them.
When a resident, Kathleen Huebner, invited to Saddlebrooke to have a holiday dinner in one of its dining rooms, I felt like I didn't belong. The ethos was families enjoying the multi-generational pull force of grandchildren. And there I was, in my late 60s, a career gal. I wanted to talk business, just as I had when I was excited to finally land my first full-time job in Corporate America. Currently, I am just as excited to land plum writing assignments in high-traffic digital publications.