In the past, retirement has been portrayed as an ending, a grand exit from your years in the workplace. But the rules are shifting. Labor force participation among those aged 65-74 is predicted to reach 33.2% by 2029, up from just 25.6% in 2009. As the Boomer generation ages, more people are viewing retirement as an opportunity to enjoy the rewards of work in a whole new way. Read on to discover some of the benefits.1
1. Mental Benefits. Working during retirement helps maintain mental agility as you learn new skills, which can help improve your thinking ability. People who pursue meaningful activities say they feel happier and healthier.2
2. Physical Benefits. Staying active during retirement years is crucial for continued health. Whether you choose to work full time or volunteer a few days a week, engaging in some form of work will keep your body moving and give you opportunities to stay balanced, strong, and healthy.
3. Financial Benefits. Besides the obvious extra income, working during retirement may allow you to delay taking Social Security benefits. For every year you wait to take Social Security past your full retirement age (up until age 70), your benefits can increase by 8% annually. Finding a strategy that works for you can truly pay off.3
4. Emotional Benefits. Studies have shown that a sense of purpose has been found to lengthen lifespan and quality of life. Working on something you care about, starting a new business, or mentoring others in the workplace can ward off depression and provide a healthy sense of fulfillment and direction in your later years.4
5. Social Benefits. One of the risks associated with retirement is increased isolation, which in terms of its impact on your health, has been equated with smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. Working with others reduces this risk, giving you a chance to build connections and enjoy meaningful interactions.5
1. BLS.gov, September 1, 2020
2. NIH.gov, October 1, 2021
3. SSA.gov, 2021
4. TheHealthy.com, March 25, 2021
5. WashingtonPost.com, January 8, 2021
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