5 thoughts on “The relationship between retirement and health”

  1. Posted 21/05/2013 at 19:46 | Permalink

    A personal comment regarding the above. I am 70. I officially retired at 53 – with a pension. Following retirement I sought other work, believing that an idle lifestyle might be detrimental to good health. I worked at new jobs, unrelated to my previous work. After five years, I moved from my home to a small town far away and opened a Bed and Breakfast business with my wife. We have been at it for 12 years.
    Looking back, two things have contributed positively to my well-being. Experiencing something very new and different and working. So far so good.

  2. Posted 22/05/2013 at 13:07 | Permalink

    This sounds like another attempt to con the working population working longer to keep the bankers and other parasites in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed. I gave up work 11 years ago (at 55) and I’ve never regretted it for one moment. You can never be too young to retire, only too poor.

  3. Posted 23/05/2013 at 08:46 | Permalink

    I am about to retire and was worried reading the report. Then I looked at the web page heading:
    “The IEA continues to show the vitality and relevance of free market economics.” – David Willetts MP”
    Would you really expect anything else from this type of “objective” analysis?
    A search for IEA on wikipedia makes also interesting reading.

  4. Posted 25/05/2013 at 16:44 | Permalink

    I retired at 55. I am now nearly 65. I have never been happier. This paper is nonsense.

  5. Posted 16/06/2013 at 06:55 | Permalink

    I was made redundant following a takeover in my mid 50’s. At first I found alternative employment as I was concerned about my financial future, but non of these jobs were really satisfying and I realised that if I took my pension early I didn’t really need to work. (my wife also had a reasonable pension). We retired and moved to France where at the time houses were half the price of those in the UK. Since then we have been so busy with restoring the house, maintaining a large garden, learning the language, and our other hobbies that I often wonder how I ever found time to go to work. My conclusion is that what is important to maintain one’s health after retirement is to have enough activities, both physical and mental to completely fill your time. Only if you retirement is followed by an empty life will you have poorer health and mental depression.

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