Early retirement can have negative impact on health

Working well after official retirement age should be encouraged but part time work achieves a good compromise. It helps mental and physical well being. Social interaction and interests in work and the world outside really make life worth living. We all need to do something where we feel valued.

Schools might offer opportunities to read to the children or play with the children. Interaction between the generations increases well being

Why the contribution is important

I retired  at 66 and then volunteered for a charity helping the homeless and then was elected as County councillor. Also became a Witness support in Court, all voluntary.This has ensured I keep mentally and physically active and reduces a tendency to feel depressed or useless.

by Marsom on August 06, 2019 at 09:11AM

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  • Posted by PaulRadforth August 07, 2019 at 15:32

    I retired when I was 60 because I had become disillusioned with the way my employer was treating staff, in other words, I was now just a number and no longer a person. My wife and I decided that we no longer wanted to live near London and we moved to Suffolk for a better way of life. Since then we have joined our local surgery PPG, I have become a Town Councillor, We are on the committee of a local community centre, we have two dogs and I no longer know how I ever had time to go to work. I have never felt depressed and am able to be pretty active.
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