Most people look forward to retirement. It’s a time to relax after years of work and a chance to pursue your hobbies. However, for some, it can be difficult to make the transition after spending so many years in the workforce. Post-retirement jobs are increasing in popularity and here are a few reasons why.
Improving Your Mental and Physical Health
Working during your golden years keeps your mind and body healthy. You stay on your feet and out of the house when you are working after retirement. You also get to engage socially, something many seniors struggle with. Social isolation is a serious problem among the elderly, and it causes a multitude of mental health issues. By continuing to work, you guarantee yourself a social outlet and mental stimulation. This can keep common problems such as depression, anxiety, and memory loss at bay as your mind is challenged and your body stays in motion. Physical and mental health are inextricably linked, and when your body stays fit, your mind is more likely to remain sharp and happy. Working several days a week ensures physical activity and mental stability. You could even become a certified personal trainer through NCCPT and get the perks of work plus regular exercise!
Access to Health Insurance and Supplemental Income
Some jobs, even part-time positions, will offer health insurance which can be very useful depending on your situation. These benefits can reduce stress by offering a safety net in the event of a medical emergency. On top of health coverage, a secondary income can make retirement more comfortable. Some companies will allow both employment and pension at the same time, depending on circumstances, which cushions your eventual permanent retirement. Furthermore, social security benefits allow you to work provided you do not earn more than the annual limit. Building your savings for the day when you are no longer able to work can make true retirement a much more enjoyable and relaxing stage of your life.
Sense of Purpose and Avoidance of Boredom
Part-time employment is a good way to mitigate the boredom retirement can sometimes bring as well as provide a sense of purpose. Having a job to wake up and go to can certainly motivate seniors to be excited about their day and feel as though they have done something useful. Sitting at home cross stitching all day can be fun once in awhile, but when it becomes your daily life, depression can set in. Feelings of accomplishment and usefulness are often lacking in the elderly. Working even a few days a week can alleviate these issues. Working during retirement can seem counterproductive. However, seniors who opted to remain employed during retirement age have reported feeling happier and healthier as a result of the intellectual challenges and social interactions offered by the workplace.
Jim Vogel and his wife, Caroline, created ElderAction.org after they began caring for their ailing parents. Through that rewarding and sometimes difficult process they’ve learned a lot about senior care and specifically the need for more effective senior mental health and support. Their site offers elder-positive resources and other helpful information on aging. In his spare time, Jim loves fishing, reading, and spending time with his kids.