Retirement fantasies may be sweeter than the reality, according to a new study that linked working past 65 to better health and a longer life. But that does not mean you should plan to keep your nose to the grindstone through the twilight years. Many retirees stay busy with obligations and activities that keep them socially engaged and fuel their sense of purpose, like volunteering, caring for grandchildren, and spending time with friends and family. As you consider when to retire, think about the role that work plays in your overall health and well-being. Make sure your plan will keep you socially connected and fulfilled, whether at the office or at the park with your grandkids.
“For many people, work can be a place of purposeful effort, meaningful social connections, physical activity, and economic security.” Scott Bea, PsyD., Cleveland Clinic psychologist