A record number of people age 65 or older are working or looking for jobs. Many are pushing back retirement, while others are returning from it.
This is a milestone when it comes to older Americans in the work force.
There are some challenges that working seniors face, but there are also benefits. Employment Attorney Bob Riegel says older workers need to be proud of the time they have spent in the workplace and use that to their advantage.
"They make an assumption their computer skills have lagged behind the younger generation," Riegel said. "Don't make that assumption.
Senior employment has jumped 27 percent in the last five years, exceeding seven million in July.
Riegel says seniors need to take advantage of their extensive experience, not feel nervous about competing with younger workers.
"It's not an age factor," Riegel said. "Its an experience factor that's important."
Nearly one in five Americans ages 65 and older are working or looking for jobs. That's the highest in almost half a century.
Riegel says elderly people trying to make their way back into the work force should never under estimate their technology skills. But if they are feeling a little behind, while they're unemployed is perfect for catching up on forgotten skills.
"That's a time to try and improve on your technical skills," Riegel said. "A time to try and get better, so you can put that on your resume."
Riegel says this is a trend that he has seen for a while and right now there's not a way for us to know when it will end.
In the meantime, people in the workforce should always expect to work and compete with people of all ages and always stay refreshed on their skills.