Oldest Worker in the World: Who Needs Retirement?

100-year-old Mildred Heath is one of those rare people who really doesn’t want to retire:

Mildred Health, a 100-year-old newspaper woman who comes to work on an electric scooter and works 30 hours a week at the Overton Observer in Overton, Nebraska, has been honored as America’s Oldest Worker for 2008 by Experience Works, which says it is the nation’s largest provider of training and employment services for older workers.

Love for life and for working with people is what has kept this newspaperwoman going in the 85-year-long career she started in 1923 at the age of 15.

At age 100 plus, despite the fact that she has outlived her three daughters and has four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Mrs. Heath has no plans for retirement and talks about all the things she wants to do, at work and at home.

The best advice financial planners could give us these days is to “be like Mildred Heath.” Too bad she only represents 0.01% of the population, at most.