Work Longer, Live Longer
It’s been proposed in study after study that people who retire early tend to die sooner than those who delay retirement. An Oregon State University study in April of 2016 seems to confirm those suspicions with some startling numbers. The research showed that healthy adults who kept working just one year past age 65 reduced their risk of dying from all causes by 11 percent! Even more interesting is that people who considered themselves unhealthy lived longer if they kept working.
A Purposeful Life
Another British study involving 9,000 65 year olds seems to show that having a purpose helps extend your life too. The research team, led by Andrew Steptoe, director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London, found that “people with the highest levels of “purpose in life” were 30 percent less likely to die during the study period, living an average of two years longer than those with the lowest levels.”
Certainly one can argue that having purpose doesn’t necessarily mean working. Maybe playing better golf is a “purpose.” Retirees may find the direction they are looking for by volunteering or going back to school. The point seems to be that having “meaning” in your life is a key component to longevity.