Retirement has long been seen as a marker of success and achievement, a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of one's labor. However, recent research suggests that retirement may not be all it's often made out to be. In fact, there are many good reasons to keep working or stay active in some capacity during your later years.

 

 

Work Provides a Sense of Purpose

For many people, work is not just a way to earn a living - it's also a source of purpose and identity. When we retire, we lose that sense of purpose and may struggle to find a new one. Without a clear reason to get up in the morning, it's easy to become disengaged. By staying active in some capacity, whether through work, volunteering, or other pursuits, we can maintain a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

 

Those with dementia don't recall they are retired and may exhibit behaviours out of bordem. Read our Boredom is the Cause of Behaviours blog to learn more.

 

Retirement Can Be Bad for Your Health

Contrary to popular belief, retirement may not be good for your health. Studies have found that retirees are more likely to experience depression, obesity, and other health problems than those who continue to work. One reason for this may be that work provides a built-in structure and routine that can be difficult to replicate in retirement. Without a regular schedule, it's easy to fall into unhealthy habits and neglect your physical and mental health.

 

Work Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Many jobs require us to use our brains in creative and challenging ways. Whether it's problem-solving, critical thinking, or learning new skills, work can help keep our minds sharp and engaged. When we retire, we may miss out on these mental challenges and become more forgetful or less mentally agile as a result.

 

You Can Keep Learning and Growing

Just because you've reached retirement age doesn't mean you have to stop learning and growing. In fact, continuing to learn new things and develop new skills can help keep your mind sharp and your outlook positive. Whether it's taking a class, learning a new hobby, or mastering a new technology, there are many ways to keep your mind engaged and active.

 

Work Provides Social Connections

Work can also be a source of social connection and camaraderie. Many retirees report feeling lonely or isolated after they retire, and work can provide a built-in social network that can be difficult to replicate in other settings. Whether it's chatting with coworkers, collaborating on projects, or attending work-related events, work can help us stay connected to others and feel part of a community.

 

Seniors with dementia often feel more lonely and isolated. Companionship care is a great way to provide to build connection and community.

 

Staying active and engaged in some capacity can help us avoid the negative effects of retirement, such as loneliness, cognitive decline, and poor health. Whether it's continuing to work but part-time, volunteering, learning new skills, or pursuing hobbies, there are many ways to stay fulfilled and happy in later life.

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