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Research shows that seniors who include a little bit of work in their days are apt to stay healthier
Contrary to popular belief, spending your days in complete relaxation may not be the best bet for promoting your health. A study following 12,000 people between the ages of 51 and 61 over a six-year span revealed that retirees who worked at least part-time were less likely to be diagnosed with eight diseases common among seniors, including high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. Those who remained in the workforce also were less likely to experience a decline in their ability to perform day-to-day physical tasks such as walking, dressing and getting out of bed.
What’s up? Working provides a structured, purposeful activity that can bolster mental as well as physical health. According to researchers, retirees who include some form of work in their schedule—paid or volunteer—tend to lead healthier, fuller lives.
Source: Journal of Occupational Health Psychology