Retiring After 65 May Help People Live Longer

Retirement is but a distant dream for many Americans, and a new study shows that’s not such a bad thing. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, new findings show that retiring after age 65 may help people live longer. In fact, the risk of dying from any cause over the study period was 11 percent lower among people who delayed retirement for one year (age 66), and was lower still among those who retired between the ages of 66 and 72. Oregon State University researchers say postponing retirement may delay the natural age-related decline in physical, cognitive, and mental functioning, reducing the risk of chronic illness. The data shows even workers who retired for health reasons had a lower risk of dying, compared to those who left work at age 65. The benefits of remaining in the workforce occurred even when controlling for gender, lifestyle, education, income and occupation. (Fox