Never worked a day in her life? Not Felimina Rotundo!
At 100 years old, this Buffalo, New York resident has never retired. Rotundo still rises six days a week and puts in 11 hours at the laundromat down the street, in order to keep busy, she says.
“I don’t believe in retirement,” Rotundo is quoted as saying in and article on TODAY.com. “I believe 65 is too young. If I retired at 65, what would I have done all these years? I would’ve gone crazy! I work because I love people. I want to be around people.”
Rotundo has put in a whopping total of 85 years of work, starting with her first job at a shoe factory in Annville, Pennsylvania, when she was 15 years old. She took some time away from work to raise her two children, but went back when she was ready and still loves her 11-hour days, working from 6am to 7pm.
Talking about society’s views on age and work, she’s quoted as telling Today.com,
“I think they throw old people away and forget about them…Not me. I want to keep working. I think they should keep old people working as long as they can. If old people are working and independent, it makes them feel so much different. That’s why you have sick people in the old folks home. They didn’t have enough to do and their mind deteriorated.”
Full retirement in the USA is stated to be 65 and 10 months, by the government.
Statistics say many establishments don’t wish to hire elderly people for fear of low productivity, but maybe it’s time to change some minds. Thank you, Felimina Rotundo.