Age Wave

Too Old for Hard Labor, but Still on the Job

LIKE many people, Steve Guadalupe has had a varied career.

Now 68 and living in Miami, he started in the Air Force working in personnel. He left in 1983, using his technology background to get jobs at centralized bank data centers.

When that work dried up in the late ’80s, he shifted into construction, eventually ending up on a maintenance crew for a six-story medical building on the grounds of the Baptist Hospital of Miami. “Climbing up and down ladders, your legs would be sore when you got home,” he said. “As I got older, I decided I wouldn’t be able to keep doing that.”