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Keep on working into old age for the good of your health

Keep on working into old age for the good of your health

Keep on working into old age for the good of your health says top doctor

[ The complete news article from The Telegraph ]

"Older people should consider working until their 70s for the good of their health, the chief medical officer will pronounce today in new advice to today's baby boomers.

Prof Dame Sally Davies will tell those aged 50 to 70 that they are better off staying in work, or else taking up new hobbies to keep physically and mentally active in retirement.

The chief medical officer, who is 67, said she had no plans to retire, as she urged others to follow suit.

Her annual report on the state of the public's health will urge people not to slow down the pace of life as they hit their 60s.

The report is expected to suggest that people who remain in paid employment past retirement age or involved in community and voluntary work improve their chances of staying healthier for longer.

Dame Sally will say: 'People are living longer than ever and so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before. For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges, it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was.'

She said staying in work was one way to boost health - but that taking up new activities on retirement was another way to boost the health.

'Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.'

By 2020, a third of British workers will be aged over 50, estimates show.

More than three quarters of people aged between 50 and pension age are still in active employment, along with 12 per cent of those over pension age, which is 62 for women and 65 for men.

The report will say that while many pensioners enjoy the benefits of retirement, in many it brings feelings of social isolation...

...On Monday health watchdogs published advice, saying GPs should encourage widows and divorcees to take up singing and dancing to stave off dementia and stay physically healthy.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said more should be done to prevent loneliness in retirement.

The guidance from Nice says family doctors should be told to offer 'tailored community-based physical activity programmes' to older people most 'at risk of a decline in their independence and well being'.

Research suggests that social isolation increases the risk of dementia, while more active lifestyles have been shown to protect against a host of diseases and the advance of frailty.

The new quality standard from Nice urges doctors to identify those - such as the recently bereaved, divorced or retired - who might lose opportunities to socialise.

It also says GPs should target those who have recently had to give up driving, and those who are caring for others as those who might not be getting the chance to take part in social activities.

Doctors should offer such patients a range of activities, the guidance suggests.

Dancing and swimming clubs, singing programmes run by choirs, volunteering and helping children with reading in schools are all singled out as hobbies which could prevent isolation..."

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