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Considering Retirement? This Might Change Your Mind

I wonder if “retirement” will be one of those words that get’s shelved as such a “twenty-tens” thing.  Why the buzz about nixing retirement?

A study of nearly half a million people in France found that people who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.  It is the largest study done thus far and backs up the theory about brainpower and the benefits of staying mentally (and physically) sharp.  Researchers agree with the findings that working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged.  All of these things are known to help prevent cognitive decline.

“For each additional year of work, the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent,” said Carole Dufouil, a scientist as INSERM, the French government’s health research agency.

Are we turning the tide on what old age means and when society determines we’re used up?  I certainly hope so!  Famous people such as actress Betty White (95) and Warren Buffett (87) haven’t given up their day jobs, and neither have any intention of doing so!

104 year old Fauja Singh recently ran the UK based Mumbai Marathon and is to date the oldest running marathon runner in the world.  He took up the sport at the spry age of 81!

Certainly we are seeing the tide change, as our health care and  retirement systems reevaluate the worldwide longevity revolution.  Living 30, 40 or more years in “retirement” is neither financially feasible or healthy for many many people,  and it’s stretching federal and state budgets in ways that no one dreamed of decades ago.

So before gazing into your crystal ball and seeking that dreamy “retirement” you would be wise to consider what work brings you in keeping mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually young.  If, after examining your decision, you opt for retirement,  have a plan of filling your days with meaningful activities that are healthy for mind, body and soul.   Follow the advise of professionals on healthy aging:

  • Stay active. Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk.
  • Stay connected — join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health.
  • Eat right. High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells.
  • Do mentally challenging activities such as word puzzles and other things that stimulate thinking skills.

Pam Brandon is President/Founder of AGE-u-cate Training Institute and a passionate advocate for older adults and those who care for them.  


When does OLD age start? Now that’s a loaded question…


Ask anyone over 60 what “old” means to them, and it’s usually at least 10 years more than their age.  Many people today simply don’t consider themselves “old” (and please DON’T refer to anyone as such without total consent!)   Age is really just numbers and as the longevity revolution marches onward, the lines become very blurred.

Thanks to a growing  universal access to clean water, sanitation, waste removal, electricity, refrigerators and vaccinations, and continued improvement in health care, demographers predict longevity will keep lengthening in the decades to come.

The fastest growing segment of the population are those 85+, which from some accounts might consider this segment of the population our “oldest of old”.  Does that mean our “very old” are used up and residing in nursing care?  If you haven’t observed an airport lately see how many of these “oldest of olds” are still traveling the world, some on adventure vacations!

Demographers have their work cut out for them in the years ahead.  While we can be celebrating the possibility of extended life, this also leaves many who are wondering how we will meet the challenges of a fast aging society.

In the 1950s, less than 10 percent of the country was older than 65. That share will double to 20 percent by 2050. The longevity revolution will touch global economic and political life,  the size of the labor force, the number and kinds of jobs the economy will require, and the productivity of the workforce.  In short, aging affects everything,

How we view older people in our society has everything to do with how healthy we are as a nation.  We are truly all connected, and as the lines of aging blur faster each day, it will be a matter of how we fare in a society where their no longer lines drawn in the sand as to when someone is “old”.

Personally,  I don’t intend to get old.  We’ll see how that works out –  ask me in 30 years…and not a day before!

Pam Brandon is President/Founder or AGE-u-cate® Training Institute and a passionate advocate for older adults and those that serve them.