The more groups an individual belongs to in the first few years after they stop working, the lower is their risk of death, the findings show.
Researchers from University of Queensland in Australia tracked the health of 424 people for six years after they had retired. All the participants were at least 50 years old and lived in England.

Each participant was asked how many different organisations, clubs, or societies, they belonged to, and which ones. They were also asked to complete a validated scale to assess quality of life, and another, to assess subjective physical health.
The results showed that individuals whose quality of life was good before retirement were more likely to score highly on quality of life assessment after retirement.
The findings were published in the journal BMJ Open.


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