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STUDY: Retirement 'Can Drastically Damage Health'

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Retirement can cause a drastic decline in health, according to a new study. Record numbers of over-65s working - as study claims retiring is bad for your health

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Donna Hamilton (159)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 5:43 am
Hmmm. The findings of this study seem awfully convenient for most governments.......'we're abolishing all state pensions for the good of your health; now put that 92 year old nose back to the grind stone (and keep paying us taxes from your wages)"!

pam w (139)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 6:49 am
I agree with Donna. I understand that the retirement of millions of ''baby boomers'' is a problem for pension funds but....unless someone is self-indulgent and careless, retired people can find much joy in volunteering, exercise programs, travel, etc.

Staying active is the key!

Winn A (179)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 7:20 am
When you "retire" from a job you don't retire from life. Get out there and make yourself useful to your community in any way you can.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 8:26 am
Yes i agree with the other comments Governments would now like you to work till the day before you drop I only seem to find that people who built their whole life around work find it difficult Whatever they say i do not think employers are going to take on 80 year olds in our youth orientated societies

Sheila D (28)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:22 am
The job I had with the government indicated I was to retire at age 56 or when I had at least 20 years in if I was over 56. I retired at 57, but was able to work in my chosen profession until I was 59, because my job had been privatized. Truthfully, I have been so busy for these past 6 years that I haven't had time to just sit and do nothing. Yes, I would have enjoyed working longer, but not everyone feels the same way. There are many people who can't wait to retire so they can get away from the drudgery of whatever dead end job they ended up with. Those who wish to continue working should not have to retire because of their age. Unfortunately, quite often, they are let go or forced into retirement because the company can pay someone younger less money. And those who don't have anything but their work are the ones who have the hardest time adjusting.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:22 am
OK. The wealthy can stay employed all their lives instead of hanging around that yatch.

David C (131)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 12:45 pm
if you have a purpose you stay healthier....

Birgit W (160)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:44 pm
Could it be that the government is just is not willing to pay any pensions anymore? It should be up to each individual what they want to do when they are reaching their retirement age.
First at all companies do not want to hire elderly people, and we should also not forget that there are not enough jobs around, and the younger generation needs to work and have an income too.

. (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 3:45 pm
The worst thing a person can do is retire without a "plan". If your money is tight, and you cannot affor to travel, do volunteer work in a hospital, animal shelter, homeless shelter. The key is, you need a reason to get out of bed every day.

Catherine O Neill (73)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:28 pm
I'm retired for 3 yrs now & I love it!! No alarm clock & running around like a chicken without a head.I look at it as a new adventure in my life

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:43 pm
Good luck convincing the boss that mandatory retirement isn't an option because it's bad for your health.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 5:09 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 5:42 pm
"Institute of Economic Affairs", huh? Seems to me, it would be to their advantage to raise the age of retirement. I'm not sure how reliable their study is.

Veronica C (22)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 8:23 pm
There is truth to this if people do not make the effort to keep physically and mentally active. It's also true if someone's social life was mainly at work as well.

reft h (66)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:47 pm
if you have enough money to retire on and are able to maintain your health, you can be healthier and happier than when you were working. Keep engaged in your community and family. But if you are poor, living on a limited income when you retire, then your health is most likely to go downhill. Wish I could afford to do the "freedom 55" thing - by the way, I haven't seen those ads for a long time.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:12 am
The background to this is based on monetary values... which is a false and flawed foundation with which to base the argument on... people who are older, have more experience, are more measured and not as prone to impetuous flights of fancy... I would wager that most of the reckless risk taking within the financial world within the last 50 years has been mostly perpetuated by young, arrogant youth. So, we all have something to learn from wiser, older, experienced people.

Julie W (32)
Friday May 17, 2013, 3:23 am
You don't necessarily need a lot of money to retire on, but you do need a comfortable level of income. But more than that, you need to have definite goals for your retirement.

I am busy all the time, and have been retired for many years. And grandchildren can be a joy if you have the time to spend with them.

. (0)
Friday May 17, 2013, 6:03 am
No, it doesn't. It makes you feel better.

Jaime A (52)
Friday May 17, 2013, 7:15 am

John De Avalon (36)
Friday May 17, 2013, 9:52 am
I can certainly believe that. Both body and mind need to be 'exercised' to stay in good condition.

Taking to the armchair and succumbing to daytime television is the quickest way to bring about physical and mental decline.

Gloria H (88)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:19 pm
I could use this bullshit study in my garden! That's the only use for propaganda to keep the working stiffs going. The longer you work, the more STUFF you will need/want to buy (career clothes/make up, snacks, car to drive to work, lunches to buy) etc.
The corporations NEED you zombies. Even if they have to scare you with "scientific studies" to do it!

Jason S (50)
Friday May 17, 2013, 8:48 pm
Good posting, thanks

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday May 17, 2013, 10:45 pm
I agree with Dave C "if you have a purpose you stay healthier....".

Whether it be working, volunteer work, or minding grandchildren, staying busy physically and mentally is the key to staying healthy. For some, the demands of the workplace are too strenuous --- ie longshoreman, pulp and paper worker, logger to name a few --- so staying in that field is not practical. But for others, perhaps like teaching, staying in the field may be possible.

So if a government raises the retirement age to 70 for example, what happens to the person who cannot continue? Do they have to get by without any pension income for 3 or 5 years, or more?

And what about older workers that find themselves out of work because the business closes? How will laws against age discrimination be enforced? Don't tell me that such discrimination doesn't exist. I am proof it does.

There has to be some equalibrium --- workers continue to work if they want and thus don't draw their pension; but if they want, workers retire. Retirement doesn't mean dead. It means the opportunity to do other things like volunteering. But again, staying active mentally and physically is the key to better health.

Debbie Crowe (87)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:57 am
I disagree with this study! My health problems started when I was 57 - while I was still working!
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