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Off Balance: Retire at leisure

Grow old by working, say the stats...

OFF BALANCE’S interest was piqued by some statistical shenanigans from ‘longevity analysts’ Club Vita and the University of Glasgow.

Apparently, you high-flyers out there, looking to make a quick buck then head off to the slopes or follow a cruise liner lifestyle before your hair turns grey – well, you’re not doing yourself any favours. Between the ages of 60 and 70, average life expectancy increases a month for each year you delay retirement, for those in occupational pension schemes.

The research will continue, with the dynamic duo receiving funding to run a two-year project that will bring on board NHS data to identify factors that affect life expectancy. They admit there’s a lot more research to do, such as taking into account socio-economic factors.

But if you’d asked OB, the answer would have been simple. Less time at home equals less DIY – and that’s life-affirming.

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