Harvard Men's Health Watch

Retired men at work

Retirement is your reward for a long work life, but research suggests that continuing to work in some way may offer a big payday for your health.

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If you are retired, or counting the days, you may want to rethink leaving the workforce behind forever. Recent research has found that seniors who continue to work after age 65 are healthier than retirees.

"For many men, work defines who they are, and they still need to benefit from something meaningful and productive as they age, whether it's in their current job or field or something new," says Dr. William S. Pollack, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. "Work can boost confidence, self-esteem, and happiness, all of which can help men stay active and live longer."

Working on your health

The study, published in the September 2015 issue of the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease, examined more than 83,000 adults ages 65 or older over a 15-year period. The researchers analyzed their work background and overall health.

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