Louisa Hellegers spent more than 40 years in publishing before deciding to retire from the field in 2009. But at just over 60, she wasn't ready to transition into a leisurely retirement.
"I didn't think I was done working. I really had no idea what I was going to do, but I didn't think that I was done," Hellegers said.
She realized that the skills she had as a publishing executive were transferable and that gave her confidence as she searched for a second act, or encore career. She applied for a fellowship that eventually placed her at a nonprofit agency that helps find jobs for men and women who were formerly incarcerated.
More and more Americans are working into their retirement like Hellegers. Nearly 20 percent of those age 65 and older are still working in some capacity, according to AARP, double the number in 1985. But after successful careers, many older Americans are looking for meaningful work, not just financial gain.