More pools hire senior citizens as lifeguards as young people look elsewhere

When children see Robert Allen in the lifeguard chair at the Canal Winchester YMCA, they quickly check out his socks.

“I have socks with cupcakes on them, chocolate cookies and milk, dinosaurs, bacon and eggs,” said Allen, who on a recent weekday morning was sporting colorful jelly-bean hosiery. “That’s the first thing the kids look for.”

Allen wears the novelties to cover up the compression socks he wears for medical reasons.

As a prostate-cancer survivor with circulation problems in his legs, the 70-year-old is hardly a stereotypical lifeguard

LifestyleAlex ValcicComment