Many of us face a dilemma of whether to work as long as we can stay productive and make more money, or retire as soon as we can and take it easy. A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health throws another wrinkle into that equation: Retiring later may actually extend your life.
The study followed 3,000 Americans over the course of 18 years. It found that among healthy retirees, if they retired even just one year older, their risk of mortality was 11 percent lower. Even among unhealthy retirees, there was a lower death risk when they retired later.
The conclusion that the researchers come to is unequivocal: “Early retirement may be a risk factor for mortality, and prolonged working life may provide survival benefits among U.S. adults.” If you're thinking about when to retire, that's food for thought.