Seniors Find Work Force Success in Iowa

At 83 years old, Donna Beermann, or “Miss Donna” as she’s known at Pizza Ranch, is the restaurant’s prized possession.

Management says that she’s their hardest worker and the best at connecting with guests.

Donna is part of the nation’s growing trend of seniors replacing teenagers in fast food and casual dining industries.

“They always say they want someone who smiles and I’m a smiler!” said Donna.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says seniors over 75 are the fastest growing age group in the workforce, projected to grow by over six percent from 2014-2024.

Jeff Kellbach, the aging specialist for Johnson County, say many seniors don’t have a choice.