Research shows people who work past 65 years live longer

Most people count down the days to retirement, but a recent study has found it could actually send you to an early grave.

New findings suggest that working past age 65 could actually add more years onto your life.

It was found to lead to an 11 percent lower risk of death from all causes.

The study found that even those who termed themselves unhealthy are also likely to live longer, just as long as they kept punching the clock.

'It may not apply to everybody, but we think work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,' said Chenkai Wu, the lead author of the study and doctoral student at Oregon State University.

Wu became interested in the effects of retirement on health because of China's mandatory laws, as the official age is 60 for men and 55 for women.

'Most research in this area has focused on the economic impacts of delaying retirement,' Wu said.

'I thought it might be good to look at the health impacts.'

'People in the U.S. have more flexibility about when they retire compared to other countries, so it made sense to look at data from the U.S.'


To conduct this investigation, Wu gathered data from 1992 through 2010 that was filed with the Healthy Retirement Study, a long-term study of U.S. adults led by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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