Do those who retire early live longer?
July 25, 2012 Leave a comment
Should we aim to retire as early as we can or keep working for as long as possible if we want to live a long time? In addressing this question this article on the BBC news site busts some myths and shows how, if we read or hear something often enough, we will believe it is true.
The overwhelming message that emerges from this article is that there is no one single answer – for example some people get stressed by their work and would benefit from stopping whereas some go into decline and become stressed and despondent when they retire and have no work. Personality, personal circumstances (including finances), health, occupation, work environment and out-of-work relationships and interests must all be factored into the mix.
So let’s stop trying to provide a single answer for questions such as this, recognize yet again that you cannot lump all older people together, and satisfy ourselves with understanding that “It all depends…”