A Lethbridge woman says the key to living a long and healthy life is to keep working.
Johanna Hribar has worked at a London Drugs store in Lethbridge for over 25 years, and at 76 years old, Hribar is part of a growing trend in Alberta.
According to the latest Alberta government statistics, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of seniors working since 2009.
However, Trevor Lewington of Economic Development Lethbridge believes that it could be a choice made by seniors, rather than a reflection of the current state of the economy.
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“I hope it’s not a reflection of economic times, but that more seniors are choosing to work, because they are healthier and want to be an active member of society.”
Hribar echoes Lewington, and says working keeps her young.
“I love to work and I don’t like to sit at home and do nothing,” Hribar said.
“I love the people I work with.”
Hribar is among a group of seniors who work as cashiers at London Drugs. Her colleagues say she brings wisdom and classic customer service to the store.
“She is so caring. Once you meet her you can’t help but be infatuated with her,” assistant manager Nicole Moriyama said.
A recent widow, Hribar says working is what gets her up in the morning, and that she plans to work until she dies.
“If you have a positive attitude, that’s one of the most important things in life,” Hribar said. “I hope they can keep me fore a little bit longer.”