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THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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SATURDAY, August 31, 2013
That includes her disability insurance,
401K, eye care insurance and an accidental
policy.
“It does pay my bills,” she said.
Price said she’s looking forward to
retirement.
“I won’t have to work so hard. I have
a very physical job at school. It’s nonstop
when I walk in the door,” she said.
Price wants to travel in her retirement.
“I want to go places and see some
things, as far as getting to — probably not.
The money may not be there,” she said.
Price said she may keep the part-time
job to supplement her income.
“I can retire and still make $14,000 a
year on top of retirement without them
docking me,” she said.
She will make in retirement what she’s
making now — between $1,400 and $1,600 a
month.
Although the income will be the same,
Price will lose some benefits and will expe-
rience some financial changes.
“I’m nervous I have to pay my own health
insurance. I’ll have to have a supplemental
plan to run along with Medicare, and that’s
about $500 give or take,” she said.
She’ll research several different compa-
nies to get the best deal on her high blood
pressure medication and asthma medica-
tion, she said.
Price said she’s not nervous about the
paperwork. She’ll get that done when she
talks to the Social Security Office. She also
has a friend who has already retired who
can help her navigate the paperwork.
Although some uncertainties lay ahead,
Price is looking forward to leaving the
workforce, at least full-time. She has been
researching the process and weighing her
options. She encourages others to do the
same.
“Just go through and get all of your
options. I’ve been looking at this for the
past three years. Each person is different
in their needs of insurance on Medicare.
And I’ll continue to look and research until
I’m retired,” she said.
Like Price, many baby boomers will
work after retirement. Some will retire,
then head back to work for personal,
health or financial reasons.
Some, like Pablo Rodriguez Jr., can’t
stand sitting at home all day.
Rodriguez, 79, works at Dillons, 1305 E.
Kansas Ave. in Garden City, in the produce
section. He’s worked at Dillons in Garden
City since 1997.
The job is quite a switch from the one
Rodriguez had before retirement. Until
1996, he worked for the Stanton County
Road and Bridge Department, driving
semitrailers and operating machinery.
“I came out of retirement. I’m healthy.
Nothing was wrong with me. All of my
kids left and got married, and I was here
by myself. My wife died,” he said.
Rodriguez said coming out of retire-
ment had a financial benefit.
“Retirement was taking too much out
of my check. I retired and thought I’d find
another job where I could make a little
extra money. And I moved to Garden City
and started working at Dillons,” he said.
Rodriguez recommends that people who
return to work find a job they enjoy.
For Rodriguez, that means visiting with
the customers.
It’s much better than being at home.
“I don’t like to be doing nothing. I like
visiting with customers, and I like every-
one at the store,” he said.
Rodriguez said those who retire should
keep moving.
“I would suggest find a part-time they
like job and keep moving. That’s what I
did, and I’m going to be 80 in November. I
feel good. I don’t take much medicine. I’m
in good shape, and I’m still going,” he said.
Charlotte Kramer, 63, previously held a
full-time job at The Garden City Telegram
as a paginator and also worked part-time
at Walgreens. Kramer retired from The
Telegram in January 2010 and now works
full time at Walgreens.
“I went back to have insurance. I needed
that, so I decided to continue to work
there,” she said.
Kramer said it’s more relaxed than her
job as a paginator, where she had to meet
daily deadlines.
“This is a lot less stressful,” she said.
Kramer has gotten to travel during her
retirement. Last summer, she took a cruise
to Cozumel, Mexico, with friends.
Kramer also advises people who need
to go back to work to find something they
Retirement:
Some retirees remain on the job
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