Retirees nowadays serve in many out-of-the-home roles that make astute use of their maturity, their discretion time, and their flexibility about compensation: Large numbers help as paid or voluntary aides in day care centers, health fairs, home health care, hospice programs, nursing homes, and the vital like.
A brand new role that might appeal to many would have them learn and practice the craft of technology assessment and the process of technology diffusion: With these tools retirees could serve as technoguides, or paid or voluntary aides in the testing, evaluating, and adapting of new products and services to the needs of older Americans.
Shostak, Arthur B.
"Retirees as Technoguides: A New Role as Shapers and Makers of the Future,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 13
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol13/iss2/8