Men more likely to be lonely in old age

June 11th, 2009 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 11 (IANS) Men plan for their financial security in retirement but not for their happiness, according to the latest report. Unless men build social and leisure networks, they could find retirement lonely and isolating.
A survey published in Psychology and Aging revealed that more women than men plan for their health and leisure activities before they stop working. The report’s findings are based on a survey of 377 men and women aged 50-66 years.

According to the report’s co-author and psychologist Dr. Joanne Earl, these findings are significant because “a person’s level of leisure involvement during their working years tends to predict their involvement during retirement”.

“People are less likely to start new activities after retirement, so getting involved in activities and social activities pre-retirement makes good sense”, he added.

The study also found a strong emphasis in society to save money for retirement, but there was no planning of what to spend it on.

Dr. Earl emphasized that the important questions one should answer are “What am I saving for?” and “What do I really want to do when I retire?”

“If working people approaching retirement were helped to answer these types of questions, they could plan more adequately for a satisfying future beyond work.”

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