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Over at Aging in Action there’s a thought-provoking story about a study that found that the mortality rate was higher in individuals who retired early; individuals who retired at 55 had a much higher mortality rate than individuals who retired at either 60 or 65. As the story goes on to say, “Understandably, retirement age interacted with other known demographic predictors of mortality. Participants who lived in low socioeconomic (SES) conditions had a higher mortality rate than retirees in high SES conditions. Among the employees who retired at 55, the risk of dying was 80% greater for men.”
According to the author, “Although many older adults remain active after they retire, many become significantly more sedentary each year after retirement. Health and wellness educators need to focus on the elevated risks that come along with retirement by promoting active lifestyles and wellness behaviors into old age.”
To read the entire article, see Study Finds Early Retirees At Greater Mortality Risk.
Originally posted 2010-09-18 08:00:00.