Physical effects of Retirement

Results of a study conducted through Georgia State University in 2008

http://aysps.gsu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/uwrg/workingpapers/2008/08-1-5_Rashad_Paper_Retirement_SEJ.pdf

Results indicate that complete retirement leads to a 5 – 16% increase in difficulties associated with mobility and daily activities, a 5 – 6% increase in illness conditions and a 6 – 9% decline in mental health. The adverse effects are mitigated if the individual is married, has social support, continues to engage in physical activity post retirement and continues to work part-time after retirement

Retiring at a later age may lessen or postphone poor health, raise well-being and reduce use of health care services. The adverse effects of involuntary retirement are greater than voluntary retirement.

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