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Is retirement good for health or bad for it?

December 10, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Cristina Allen
January 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing the insights, very helpful and quality information.

Thanks again,

Cristina Allen, manager

Charles Sorenseu
January 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.

Jesse van der Velde
January 2, 2013

Nice blog, still pretty basic information, but I like it. I think a lot of people underestimate retirement or think it will make them a lot happier, than it actually will.

People underestimate retirement because: they just think: I have all the time I want, I can do what I want etc. But when the time is there that they are retired, they are doing nothing.

People will think it will making them a lot happier than it actually will because: they work for years and years and think a lot about retirement, about how big the relief will be. But when it’s there, it’s not a paradise.

So those 2 psychological reasons will cause a lot of stress and frustration and makes retirement for a lot of people bad for their health.

Jesse van der Velde

Winnipeg wedding photographers
December 29, 2012

“Forge a new social network, Play, Be Creative, Keep Learning” It’s funny how all the same things we learned in kindergarten carry through to retirement.

المسالك البولية وسلس البول
December 24, 2012

I don’t think so that retirement is good for health. Retirement is bad for health, because during the job a person is always punctual, active. But a person who retired from his job is going down & down because no work, no schedule available for him. So retirement is a red light for retired people.

December 19, 2012

i think this is up to the individual and how they approach retirement. care homes can offer facilities for people to exercise and mingle and create an active life for them selves

Virginia Sparrow
December 13, 2012

It depends on how a person works for itself. Retirement may change everything, just like being bored at home especially if you are not aware of doing something. Thank’s for sharing your article.

December 12, 2012

I think the longer you work, the more tuned-in and active you are. I’ve known too many people who have retired and passed soon after or simply didn’t know what to do with themselves. You have to make sure you have an established, realistic view of what you plan to do post-retirement (hobbies, church, etc). You have to have something to stay active with.


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