Now comes proof, or at least a strong indication, that work keeps your mind sharp. We find that reassuring now that Gov. Schwarzenegger has concluded major union contracts that raise the minimum retirement age for law enforcement officers to 55 and other state workers to 60.
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Using information gathered from studies in the U.S., England and 11 other European countries two economists found workers performed better on memory and cognitive tests than retired people.
If nothing else, it is a good reminder to have a plan to keep busy and engaged in retirement. Join a service club, volunteer for a nonprofit group, spend more time developing that hobby, take dance lessons, take a college class. You have to have more of a plan than to just go on a cruise and eat. All those working people are going to beat you on the memory-cognitive tests if you don’t get out of that rocking chair.