In a European study researchers found:
- Retirement increases the probability of suffering from clinical depression by 40%.
- Retirement increases the probability of having at least one diagnosed physical condition by about 60%.
- Retirement increases the probability of taking a drug for such a condition by 60%.
- Retirement decreases the likelihood of being in "very good" or "excellent" self-assessed health by 40%.
For many, retirement results in less social interaction, less physical and mental stimulation. Maintaining an active life once retirement begins may reduce or even eliminate the negative health risks of retirement.
A link to the study is below: