Over 50s encouraged to work in retirement

A charity has encouraged retired over 50s to consider the benefits of working in later life.

Over 50s who have already retired could benefit from continuing to work, a charity group has stated.

According to Age Concern and Help the Aged, working in later life can have a number of positive effects on older people.

For example, it stated that having a job keeps the mind and body active, thereby staving off degenerative conditions such as dementia.

Andrew Harrop, head of public policy for Age Concern and Help the Aged, added that working would also allow retirees to continue engaging with people.

"[It] offers opportunities to socialise and keep relationships fresh," he commented.

Mr Harrop added that having a rewarding job can create a sense of fulfillment and achievement.

This, he said, can help over 50s prevent mental health problems such as depression.

The comments echo the conclusions of a study by the University of Maryland and published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Researchers said people who do not work after retirement are more vulnerable to conditions such as cancer and heart problems.

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