The Search Begins for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker

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Nominations are now being accepted in the search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker. Sponsored by nonprofit Experience Works, the nation's largest training and employment organization for older workers, the search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today's workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment.

At Experience Works, we believe that people who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity and a more positive impact on their communities

Nominations are now being accepted in the search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker. Sponsored by nonprofit Experience Works, the nation's largest training and employment organization for older workers, the search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today's workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment.

Nominees must be 100 years of age or older, currently employed and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. The selected honoree for 2009 will receive public recognition and travel to Washington, D.C., in September to participate in a press conference and national recognition event. Additional information, including the nomination form, is available at http://www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2009.

"At Experience Works, we believe that people who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity and a more positive impact on their communities," said Cynthia Metzler, president and CEO of Experience Works. "We also know that employers who hire, train and retain older workers will be most successful."

Last year, 100-year-old Mildred Heath of Overton, Neb., was named America's Oldest Worker. A newspaper woman since the age of 15, Heath still works at the Overton Observer, the publication she and her husband founded in 1938. She works 30 hours each week taking classified ads, filing photographs and seeking out local news.

Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of low income, older people through employment, community service, and training. Individuals who would like more information about Experience Works job programs should visit http://www.experienceworks.org or call 866-397-9757.

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