Oldest employees in the U.S. honored today
POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 6:14pm
NBC NEWS — America's oldest workers were honored in Washington today as a part of National Employ Older Workers week.
102 year-old Hedda Bolgar and 101 year-old Mazerine Wingate were named as America's Outstanding Oldest Workers for 2011.
Dr. Bolgar, a psychologist, sees patients from 16-20 hours a week and gives lectures, appears in videos and writes. She says she has no plans to retire.
Mr. Mazerine Wingate is the great-grandson of slaves and the son of a sharecropper. He began his career 40 years ago at the post office. He still drives to work, where he spends four hours a day, six days a week.
"Work today, as such, is respected. And now we have combined the two things that people gradually developed as an acceptable state in life: age and work,” stated Bolgar. “It's combined here, and it's really a joy to be in a place where both work and age are respected."
The event is sponsored by Experience Works, an organization that serves older Americans.