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So-called baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, should put off retirement and keep working to stay healthy, according to a new report.
Releasing her latest report on the state of the public’s health – which focuses on the health of people aged 50 to 70 – Prof Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, says the health benefits of staying in work for longer or volunteering “should not be underestimated”.
Prof Davies said: “People are living longer than ever and so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before.
“For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges – it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was.
“Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer.
“The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.”
She said working helps people feel fulfilled and less isolated.
By 2020, it is estimated that a third of British workers will be aged over 50.
Currently more than three-quarters of people aged between 50 and pension age are still in active employment, while one in eight (12%) of those older than pension age are also still working.