Research Reveals Retirement Can Present Problems

Figures from 2009 released Monday show retired Canadians over the age of 55 report worse general health, more chronic health conditions and less physical activity.

About 24% of Canadians who were fully retired from the workforce said their health was in poor or fair condition – compared to 11% of those who were were only partially retired and 5% of those who had returned to work after their initial retirement.

Many of the retirees reported having problems with cognition, hearing, walking, vision and chronic pain. More than half of them said they were also dealing with five or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and arthritis.

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