Baby boomers ‘should work for longer to stay healthy’

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Some 42% of 50-64 year-olds have at least one health condition and 24% have more than one. Staying active through appropriate work – heavy physical work such as building may not be advisable – or volunteering will help. Social engagement is also very important for mental 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.”

“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,” said Davies.

Professor Sally Davies, in her latest annual report on the health of the nation, to be published on Tuesday, is expected to say that people of #retirement age might do well to stay in work if they can, or else get involved in community and voluntary activities that will keep both mind and body in better condition than sitting in a fireside chair.

The baby boomer generation, now in their 50s to 70s, should stop thinking about putting their feet up when they retire – and maybe not retire at all for the sake of their health, according to the government’s chief medical officer.