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Post-Retirement Work Is Great For Your Health

January 7, 2010
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If you’re retired or soon to be there, one of the best things you can do for your health is to stay occupied, in some manner, with your field of expertise.

A study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology gives good reasons for working part time in your field of expertise upon retirement. The authors noted that those who opted for “bridge employment” (part time employment in their field after retirement) “reported lower rates of major diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis during the study period than their counterparts who went straight into full retirement.” Benefits also included fewer mental health problems and less depression.

The key seems to be continuing to work in your chosen field or something you are familiar with and enjoy. Maybe this is why many doctors of chiropractic choose to practice part-time rather than completely retire.

While the authors didn’t really discuss volunteer work, this would likely also be included. If you have retired recently, or are thinking about it, is this an approach that you have considered?

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