A recent survey carried out on retired people fetched some interesting results in United States. As per the research, retired old people who kept working were healthier as compared to those were not.
A study of more than 83,000 Americans was done on the individuals aged 65 and above. It was found that being unemployed or idle was associated with greatest risk of poor health, even after taking into account the potential risk factors such as alcohol, weight gain and smoking.
This report was published in the September issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, a paper by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers used government survey data on more than 83,000 adults who were aged 65 or older from years 1997 through 2011.
Aged workers in the most physically demanding jobs had the lowest risk of bad health. Service workers had the lowest risk of suffering from serious ailments. Blue collared workers had the lowest risk of having chronic conditions.
The results may be attributed to the fact that physical agility also keeps the mental health in check, thereby making the older people stay less prone to life threatening disease conditions.
Source – WebMD, UK