Retirement satisfaction improves if health risks are considered, study shows

Kevin Magna

June 23, 2011

The U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) reports that more than 50 percent of men and about 33 percent of women retire early due to medical issues. At the same time, the NIA's Health and Retirement Survey shows approximately 61 percent of people who are no longer working are very satisfied with their retirement.

Investing in senior medical alert systems can help older workers to plan for unforeseen medical issues. If a senior falls or otherwise injures themselves while no one else is home, personal emergency response systems can contact help immediately.

"Women traditionally put the needs of everyone else before themselves, a behavior that could put their own health at risk," said Angela Curl, a researcher at the University of Missouri.

Curl recently conducted research that revealed that planning for health, social and financial changes that may occur after retirement can help couples find more enjoyment in planning their retirement. Curl's research also found that when men stop working, their health generally improves, but women will see a decline in their health during the first few years of retirement.