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Senior Citizens Returning to Work (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-04-05

Duration: 00:27:26

Subjects: Ageism | SENIOR CITIZENS | Employment | Retirement


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Jackson, Juliet Interviewee
  • Benjamin, Carolyn Interviewee
  • Roberts, Beverly Interviewee
  • Courtney, Beth Interviewee
  • Tourres, Jack Interviewee
  • Sims, Sara Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from April 5, 1987, focuses on senior citizens returning to work after retirement through the Senior Employment Program at Catholic Community Services. Sonya Masingale profiles two participants in the program, Juliet Jackson, a librarian at the Institute for Early Learning, and Beverly Roberts, an administrative assistant at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She also interviews their employers, Carolyn Benjamin, the director of the Institute for Early Learning, and Beth Courtney, the executive director of LPB. Next, Masingale interviews Jack Tourres, an employment counselor for the Senior Employment Program. Lastly, Masingale conducts an in-studio interview with Sara Sims, the director of the Senior Employment Program. She discusses: the three components of the program; overcoming ageism; the attributes of older workers; their work in changing the attitudes of the business community; inadequate retirement planning; and the importance of self-esteem for older workers.