Re: “Maine beckons teen workers to ease ‘labor crunch,’ ” the front-page story May 12 about the state’s campaign to reach out to and train teenage employees:

“Maine beckons senior workers to ease ‘labor crunch’ ” would be music to many retirees’ ears.

For many, retirement can be boring, but we also don’t want to go back to work full time. Current part-time jobs are mostly retail (lots of standing) or labor-intensive. While our minds may still be sharp and our work ethic strong, our bodies cannot always keep up with jobs designed for younger workers.

We have decades of experience and often advanced degrees, but large companies seem reluctant to design any position that could be shared with another worker. With a little creativity on the employers’ part, they would find that they could ease their labor problems from the large pool of seniors available in the state.

Cathy Turpin


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