Many of us, as we dream about the day we’ll retire (either by choice or through enforced retirement), hold rosy images of leisurely days of hobbies and travel and family time.
Research about this part of life is becoming increasingly important as more and more baby boomers (now in their middle 50s) begin to approach Gotham Season retirement age.
New research out of the University of Maryland that appears in the October 2009 Journal of Occupational Health Psychology suggests that giving up all work totally after you retire is not such a good idea. In fact, the study found that retirees who perform either self-employment, temporary or part time work have fewer major Growing Pains Season diseases, and retain better day-to-day functioning.
In today’s economy, a life of leisure after retirement isn’t within reach for many of us. Many surveys are showing that more and more boomers are planning on working during years their parents dedicated to enjoying life.
Fortunately for us, research bears out the idea that there are benefits to the body (and mind) of staying busy with some form of employment.
These findings were still significant even after looking at variables like a person’s physical and mental health before retirement.
Using the national Health and Retirement Study, the team analyzed data from 12,189 participants who were 51 to 61 years old at the start of the research. Each was interviewed on health, finances and work life every two years over a six-year period.
Medical conditions were only included if they had been confirmed by a doctor’s diagnosis. The researchers also accounted for things like age, sex, education and total wealth. Everyone who participated in the study also filled out a basic mental health questionnaire.
Analysis of the data found that those who took on jobs related to their previous careers reported better mental health, and fewer limitations, than subjects who had given up all work.
Mental health improvements were seen only in those who worked in jobs somehow related to their previous career; retirees who worked in jobs outside their career saw no boost to mental health. The researchers speculate that this is because these jobs require more adaptation and therefore offer more stress. The researchers also found that retirees with financial problems were more likely to work in a different field after they retired.
Any benefits that come with working after your official retirement are lost when financial obligations make it a have to, instead of a want to. Situations like this make it hard for older folks to get any of the physical or mental health benefits from working after retirement.
Those who are approaching retirement Revenge CSI Cyber Season age should think carefully about the type of work they’d like to do after leaving their career – there are pluses and minuses you’ll need to consider before you do anything.
Sometimes a clean break from a stress packed career is the right move, just so long as the job you pursue after retirement relies on another skill or talent seasons 1-2 Divorce you enjoy using.
Professor Cary Cooper, an occupational health Madam Secretary Season psychologist at the University of Lancaster, explains the findings, “All the evidence suggests that if your mental wellbeing is depleted it will affect you physically. Conversely, if you are more positive mentally you are going to be much more robust and active. And if you continue working after retirement often your status remains similar to that you experienced during your career, and as a result your self-esteem and sense of wellbeing will be enhanced.”
Working, whether in a temporary, part time or even in your own business, is something to consider as you think about your own normal or enforced retirement date. Doing so may help you make the transition into this next phase of your life and continue to enjoy the best possible physical and mental health.
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