Washington Post cites Faculty Members Ursula Staudinger and Esteban Calvo

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Washignton Post's Tara Bahrampour spoke with Drs. Staudinger and Calvo about how the timing of retirement and the complexity of work has effects on health. Her article, entitled, This is your brain on retirement — not nearly as sharp, studies are finding, provides a brief overview of the mountaing evidence that shows that retiring later can help people live longer and healthier lives. Preliminary results from Dr. Calvo's current multinational longitudinal study on the physical and mental effects of retirement show negative effects for those who retire earlier. Ms. Bahrampour notes that Dr. Calvo's work is in agreement with another 2010 study which found that in countries where the labor force participation for men in early 60s is lower, cognitive peformance is worse. Dr. Staudinger adds a layer of complexity to the argument by noting that her research has found that it is not quite as simple as "work longer." The level of complexity in a job promotes better brain function and cognitive performance. 

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