Keep working? Research suggests retirement kills brain cells

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Nov. 11, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    I am 70. I manage several rentals and my "retired" spouse and I do much of the upkeep. I have other self-employment work too. We are building a "vacation" home (along with other relatives in a time share arrangement), which has kept our minds active and frazzled. We are part-time caregivers for my parents. My dad is also not entirely retired; he manages farm property, and is available as a consultant. I don't want to not work. I don't want to play games in a retirement center. I don't want to quit hiking or riding my bike. It might sound as if I don't want to be old, and that's true. If I can avoid aging faster by working, that alone is worth it.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 5:17 a.m.

    I will not be able to retire after the great recession. Not being able to retire now means I will live longer, which means that I have to work even more to pay my bills when I am 80. I get tired just thinking about it.

  • River Dog Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    How about just taking a foreign language course or another course on-line or at a local school or university? Seem that the most important habit you can get into is to keep learning while you continue to take long walks a few times a day and make as many friends as you can.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 5:46 a.m.

    When my wife parents pass away,we had to empty the house. 3 big garbage containers full of stuff no one wanted went to the dump. 3 weeks it took for mostly my wife throwing away stuff and cleaning. I'm a pack rat, and can gather up stuff for the some day projects, that has to properly age before I get a round toit. She has her own collection of books that is growing dust because every thing she wants to know, she googles now. I think It's time I do something with my projects and empty my own house so I don't leave a mess for my kids. That's what my wife keeps telling me. I think she's right. We've started cleaning house.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 5:07 a.m.

    For any thing to be sacred it has to have purpose.
    Live your life for life to have a life to live for.

  • carlyt ny, NY
    Nov. 9, 2013 4:58 a.m.

    You don't have to keep working. You have to stay active to remain healthy. Be physically active, socially connected and mentally sharp. Follow healthy diets and get the right nutrition. I just read several pages and posts on the retirement site Retirement And Good Living about exercise, nutrition, mental health, hobbies, volunteering and many other retirement related topics. That site also has a great blog of posts by guests from around the globe.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Nov. 8, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    You mean sitting in my basement watching "Glenn Beck" every afternoon will not help my cognitive function?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    The same can clearly be said about those who don't work in the first place, and instead take taxpayer money. Its a sad pattern that typically is not temporary and has long lasting impacts.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    So there's one positive spin to the point that many of us won't be sble to retire. I'll have to remember that when I'm still working in my old age.