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Retirement options

Latest findings from the Whitehall II study of British civil servants suggest that voluntary or statutory (age 60) retirement is associated with slight improvements in physical and mental health compared with remaining in the workforce. However, retirement on health grounds is associated with poorer physical and mental health (though not with an accelerated decline) – a phenomenon attributed to selection rather than causation. People who retire early may ‘enjoy a head start’ in the previously reported improvement in mental health that occurs after mid life.

Epidemiology 2010; 21(3): 284–290.



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