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100-year-old woman works 11-hour days, six days a week

If old people are working and independent, it makes them feel so much different.

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100-year-old Felimina Rotundo still works 11 hours a day, six days a week at a New York Laundromat where she washes and folds clothes.
“I don’t believe in retirement,” she tells Today.
“I believe 65 is too young. If I retired at 65, what would I have done all these years?”
“I would’ve gone crazy! I work because I love people. I want to be around people.”
Ms Rotundo, who turned 100 in August, has been working for 85 years – on top of raising her two children with her late husband.
"My first job was working at a shoe factory in Annville, Pennsylvania, when I was 15 years old,'' she said.
"Talk about slave labour! I was making about $10 a week, but I worked my 40 hours and never complained. I was glad to have a job."
She believes working is what has kept her young.
“That’s why you have sick people in the old folk’s home. They didn’t have enough to do and their mind deteriorated.”
She hopes that her hard working attitude will show others the value of the older population.
"I think they throw old people away and forget about them,'' she said.”Not me. I want to keep working. If old people are working and independent, it makes them feel so much different."

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