Our Golden Years? Research Into The Ups And Downs Of Retirement, Digested

By Emma Young If you ever daydream about retirement, what do you picture? Lie-ins, instead of being woken by an alarm? Walks on a beach, in place of the morning commute? More time for beloved hobbies? Or perhaps endless open, solitary days, with nothing much to do…? Retirement is what psychologists term a “major life transition”. As such, it’s regarded as a stressor that carries risks as well as potential rewards. Now that the number of retirees in many countries is soaring, so too is the number of studies into whether retirement is good for your mental and physical health — or not. This work certainly suggests that it can be, but there are a few warnings lurking in the results, too. In the inaugural issue of the journal Work, Aging and Retirement, published in 2015, Cornell University psychologist Peter Bamberger reviewed existing research on alcohol and other drug abuse among retirees and concluded that while the two are linked, retirement per se is not the cause. Rather, concerns about money and marital strains — both potential, but not inevitable, consequences of retirement — were associated with sleep difficulties, and with alcohol abuse among men. Bamberger’s analysis also revealed that people who’d felt pushed into retiring were most at risk of these problems. “The worst combination was among people who took early retirement from jobs they loved because they were terrified their companies were going unde...
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