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Oakland seniors looking for work find help at ASSETS program

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A majority of Americans say their biggest financial concern is that they won’t be able to save enough money to retire. This finding, by a recent Gallup poll, is likely one reason that the average age of retirement in America has increased from 60 to 62 years old since the 2008 recession. For many people, though, retiring in their 60s simply isn’t possible.

What happens when people who can’t afford to leave the workforce are unable to find jobs? In Oakland, one of the resources they can find is called the ASSETS program. It was founded in 1969 to help older adults find work while updating their job skills and performing community service.

KALW's Lisa Carmack spoke with several people there who are looking for work and brought back their stories.

Click the audio player above to listen to the stories.

The ASSETS program is open to people over the age of 55. For more information call (510) 238-3535.