人生の軌跡を綴っていきます


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Retire later to live longer

Retire later to live longer

Early retirement, as is commonly believed, does not help retirees to live longer and it may even shorten one's life. This is the conclusion of a study published on October 21 by the British Medical Journal. The research involved tracking more than 3,500 employees working for Shell Oil in Texas over a 26-year period. The workers retired at 55, 60 or 65 and were monitored to see what effect their age at retirement had on their lifespan. Researchers considered factors such as gender and socioeconomic status (社会経済的地位) in ascertaining (解明する、突き止める) whether retiring early is associated with better survival. It seems the findings have displaced the myth (通説を覆した) that spending our golden years at a leisurely pace away from the daily grind of the nine to five (9時から5時まで働くという日課) will increase our longevity. It appears that retiring later provides for a longer life.

The results were astonishing. The life expectancy of employees who retired at 55 was significantly reduced compared with those who retired at the age of 65. The researchers concluded that: “Retiring early at 55 or 60 was not associated with better survival than retiring at 65 in a cohort of past employees of the petrochemical industry (石油化学産業). Mortality (死亡率) was higher in employees who retired at 55 than in those who continued working.” Leader of the research team Shan Tsai said: “Although some workers retired at 55 because of failing health, these results clearly show that early retirement is not associated with increased survival. On the contrary, mortality improved with increasing age at retirement for people from both high and low socioeconomic groups.”

生涯現役って良いですよね。
Active agingってやつですね。
本人が楽しんで働いている限りは働いた方が、
人との交流もあり、日々刺激もあり、
長寿に繋がるという事は納得です。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-08-30 01:06 | 英語関連