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Program Designed to Help Seniors Find Work

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RICHLAND, Wash--  It's the first day on a new job for 56-year-old Bob Clayton.

"I had an antique store in Richland for years, but that was about five years ago," says Clayton.  "I left the business to take care of my mom.  She was terminally ill."

Except for some odd jobs on the side, Clayton hasn't had a steady income for years.

"It's been tough," says Clayton.  "The help of a lot of friends and relatives and basically that's how I've survived."

And then his friend saw an ad for AARP's senior employment program.  Within a week of calling, Clayton had a part-time job.

The program is designed to train low-income seniors 55 and older how to re-enter the workforce, prepare for an interview and learn ways to strengthen your resume. 

Rosetta Newlind never thought she'd still be working at 65.  But with the high cost of living, she couldn't afford to stop.  But when she lost her job, she didn't know what to do.

"When you go out to apply for a job sometimes they don't want someone older, they want someone younger," says Newlind.

For almost a year now, Newlind has been working with the program, which they say is busier than ever.  But the struggling economy isn't the only reason work is hard to find; for a number of seniors, they're simply out-dated in today's workforce.

"Older people can do as good a job as younger people!," claims Newlind.

One of the program's main goals is to help re-gain self-confidence.

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