Stay healthy, keep working

09 December 2016

Volunteer or stay in work to boost your health, says Chief Medical Officer.

A report by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davis, called Baby Boomers: Fit for the Future, focuses on the health of people aged between 50 and 70.

The report suggests that people who remain in paid employment or involved in community and voluntary work improve their chances of staying healthier for longer. The report also praises the feeling of independence and opportunities for social interaction that can come with voluntary work, as social relationships have been reported to have a positive effect on health.

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Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “It is fantastic to see how healthy baby boomers are. Twenty years ago, you were considered well on your way to old age by the time you reached retirement and now that is simply not the case.

“People are living longer and many do not want to slide quietly into retirement. We are seeing more baby boomers continuing to live active lives where they choose to stay in work and remain physically and socially active and this is great for their health. Others are active in their community and socially.”

However, the same report flags up levels of physical inactivity and alcohol consumption in this age group.

Around one in four men and one in six women of the baby boomer generation drink daily or almost daily and alcohol contributes to more than 400,000 hospital admissions for this age group annually.

Professor Davies added: “Regardless of age, it is vitally important that baby boomers take steps now to protect their health as they get older.

“It’s never too late to make changes to your lifestyle. Stopping smoking, eating more healthily, staying active, and cutting down on alcohol can all add life to your years.”

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