When Mattie Ruffin, 62, retired from her job as a program analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency in early 2010, she took a year off to relax. After working for the federal government for 27 years, it was a well-deserved respite. "I hadn't planned to retire, but my sister died suddenly," recalls Ruffin, who is also a widow. "I got to thinking…I'm not 21 anymore, and tomorrow is just not promised to me. So I'm just going to come on out of here and enjoy my life."
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