Work Longer, Live Longer.
People who retire early tend to die sooner than those who delay retirement, and recent research provides new proof. A 2016 study by Oregon State University provided some startling numbers.
Researchers found that healthy adults who retired one year past age 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of death from all causes, even when taking into account demographic, lifestyle and health issues. Even adults who described themselves as unhealthy were likely to live longer if they kept working.
“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 lead author Chenkai Wu.
Live Better: Find Your Purpose.
A recent British study led by Andrew Steptoe, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health care at University College London found that another way to extend your life is by having a purpose.
The study, involving 9,000 65-year-olds found that “people with the highest levels of ‘purpose in life’ were 30 percent less likely to die during the study period, living an average of two years longer than those with the lowest levels.”
Another university team in Fairfax, Virginia reviewed the study, pointing out that people who actively search for meaning in life may be better at setting goals and making plans—including making preventive health care decisions. They said there is good news for people who lack a sense of purpose—“it can be increased.” For instance, they cited other studies which have found that meditation, group therapy, taking classes or volunteering can help.
Planning for a Longer Life
Have you put a financial plan in place to account for the longer years you may live? With the beginning of a new year, there is no better time to stop worrying about the future and start planning for the retirement you want to live.
Do something today that your future self will thank you for. Call us at DuPont Wealth Solutions in Dublin, Ohio at (614) 408-0004. Let’s create a custom financial plan designed to last no matter how long you live.