Does retirement benefit health?

Prev Med. 2017 Jul;100:294-295. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.05.007.


Currently large postwar baby-boomer generations are retiring from labor market. Transition to retirement is considered an important turning point in life which is accompanied by changes in many aspects of life such as time availability, daily routines, income streams and social networks. Recent longitudinal studies suggest that retirement can have a major influence on people's health behaviors, health and quality of life. Retirement could also be an opportune time at which to intervene with health-promotion activities and support healthy and active aging.

Keywords: Aging; Health; Health behaviors; Health promotion; Life event; Retirement.

MeSH terms

  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Quality of Life
  • Retirement / psychology*