Thursday, March 01, 2012

Is retirement death's waiting room?

In the Oct 2009 issue of J of Occupational Health and Psychology was a story on how working in some capacity in your former field keeps people functioning better than stopping altogether.

Well, DUH.

Working, structure, getting dressed, feeling useful and needed – all contribute to physical and mental health.

This particular study looked at more than 12,000 people between 51 and 61 and interviewed them every two yrs for six yrs.

Yup—those who continued some kind of work had fewer diagnosed diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, lung disease, and so on.

The same more or less went for mental health. Those working outside their former field benefited less—maybe because of the stress of changing environments. Or because they HAD to work to live—stressful, also.

Sooo…those of us staying in harness or going to part-time may benefit somewhat. Let’s hope.

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