According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, over the past five years approximately 553,000 Ohioans, age 60 and older have left the work force, and in January I will join that exodus when I retire from the Ohio Department of Aging. But as thousands of other older Ohioans have, I will opt to stay active, engaged and employed well beyond the traditional retirement age. Some of us have the luxury to choose that route while others by necessity find that they must continue to work. In fact, we older Ohioans represent the fastest growing group of workers, students and volunteers. Our active involvement in our communities is vital to the well-being of our state.