Working through golden years

Staying in the workforce may lead to good health in old age

Working into retirement age, even part time, may be beneficial for physical and mental health, according to a study recently published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

Researchers at the University of Miami analyzed survey data from 85,000 adults ages 65 and over, finding that people who kept working were nearly three times more likely to report being in good health, according to The researchers acknowledged an obvious caveat—that being in good health might keep people working, not the other way around.

Citing past research that indicates being active and socially engaged helps prevent health problems into old age, study co-author Alberto Caban-Martinez said that, “There's something about the aging process that if you can stay working, then you stay hardy.”