Retirees Health

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The secret to a healthy retirement may surprise youmore work. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at health and retirees in todays 60 Second Housecall.

People who continue to work after retirement have fewer diseases and fewer functional limitations than people who quit completely.

A University of Maryland study shows that bridge employmenta part-time job or self-employment after retiringis good for health after retirement.

Researchers found that people who find post-retirement work that is related to their previous jobs report better mental health than those who just call it quits and retire.

The study analyzed data from the national Health and Retirement Study, which is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The 12,000 participants were interviewed every two years about health, finances, employment history, work or retirement life.

The analysis shows that retirees who kept working in a bridge job suffered fewer major diseases and fewer functional limitations than those who stopped working.

The researchers say choosing a suitable type of bridge employment will help retirees transition betterand remain in better physical and mental healthinto full retirement.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.