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Old 03-18-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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Interesting article (I think). Just putting it here for anyone to read.

Health Effects of Retirement

And another FYI: I think men have a harder time with retirement than women do -- but I could be wrong, of course. Especially if they are single/divorced/widowed. My opinion is based only on talking with and observing retired men over the years.

Fran
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:59 PM
 
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It is if your idea of retirement is doing nothing everyday and making no money.



There's a reason people these days have a job till they die. Retirement ain't fun the way it's often sterotyped as.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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It's interesting that many of the supposed negative affects actually come from being poorly prepared to retire, financially and otherwise, and not simply from retirement in and of itself. In talking with folks that were prepared for retirement I find many that note a reduction in stress levels, they have more time to exercise, and more time to focus on preparing healthy meals as being some beneficial impacts in their retirement lives.

Still, some good advise to think about to be sure you are prepared.

Dave
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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It's interesting that many of the supposed negative affects actually come from being poorly prepared to retire, financially and otherwise, and not simply from retirement in and of itself. In talking with folks that were prepared for retirement I find many that note a reduction in stress levels, they have more time to exercise, and more time to focus on preparing healthy meals as being some beneficial impacts in their retirement lives.

Still, some good advise to think about to be sure you are prepared.

Dave
I've seen it go both ways. One sister and others I know, though well-off financially, are completely maladjusted in retirement. They won't get off their duffs and go out and find PT work or volunteer at anything, they refuse any kind of creative pursuits. They remain despondent and unimaginative about what they could be doing. Others I know, retired at different levels financially, are on cloud 9 in retirement, busy all the time. Another "retirement" article that doesn't probe deeply.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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My job is such that I am pretty much on call 24x7, even though I don't get that many calls. However, it always seems when I try to get on a schedule to do something for myself, work pops up and gets in the way. I have a tendency to avoid setting my own schedules for that reason. I am looking forward to retirement so I can start being in control of my own life. I won't be eating out as often, so I can get on Nutrisystem to lose weight and regular exercise to stay fit.

I am looking forward to the instant loss of stress every time my phone rings.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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I've seen it go both ways. One sister and others I know, though well-off financially, are completely maladjusted in retirement. They won't get off their duffs and go out and find PT work or volunteer at anything, they refuse any kind of creative pursuits. They remain despondent and unimaginative about what they could be doing. Others I know, retired at different levels financially, are on cloud 9 in retirement, busy all the time. Another "retirement" article that doesn't probe deeply.
Most articles don't probe deeply. I just found this interesting, probably because I have found that men don't tend to do well in retirement, no matter what their status (and I am speaking only in generalities -- not deeply).
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:08 PM
 
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Oh, 'duh', I know why I found this article interesting. I'm reading a book on the history of our perceptions and attitudes re aging and old people. While not a long book, it has a bibliography for each chapter, and the author encourages further reading. I'm finding it very interesting. Anyway, the author rather agrees that health effects of retirement are not good. And while I have no doubts that some of the ill effects are simply from older age, I do think we tend to attribute all or most of our ill health (and most of us have something that we didn't have in our younger age, such as high BP -- just for example) to aging when some of our ill health is actually due to retirement.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:30 PM
 
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Every dependent on individual like nay other phase in life. In some job people use to be worn out physically and die young .
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:37 PM
 
Location: CT
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I'll take my chances with retirement, if it kills me, then it kills me. What a way to go! But seriously, I'll bet there are whole populations who can only define themselves through their work, that's too bad. I am a couple of years from retirement and I cannot wait, I have a bucket list a mile long and I intend to write a brand new chapter in my life (because it will be the last) and see just how fulfilling I can make it. If one of my goals is to prove studies like this wrong, then I'll have one more thing to do. It's a great time in life to try something new to find the fulfillment and long after the career has lost its glamor. Always end with a flourish!
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:43 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I'm liking tv a bit too much lately.

Sitting is as bad as smoking.
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