USA - If You Rest, You Rust

Arno Froese

It’s hard to think of an early retirement as anything other than a positive. Who wouldn’t want to trade in their suit and tie for a pair of beach shorts? While retiring ahead of schedule may be easier on the body, a new set of research has found that it may not be so beneficial for the mind.

After going over all of the data, the research team noted a clear trend: individuals receiving pension benefits were experiencing much more rapid mental decline than their counterparts still on the workforce. The most prominent indicator of mental decline among retirees was delayed recall, a trait widely considered to be an accurate predictor of dementia. Surprisingly, females seemed to experience even sharper mental decline after retiring early. Overall, the results support the hypothesis that decreased mental activity accelerates cognitive decline.

This study’s findings were similar to previous research that had focused on the impact of retirement on elderly individuals living in the United States, England, and the European Union.

The research team are hopeful that their findings will be considered by older adults when mulling retirement, but perhaps more importantly, they hope that policy makers in developing countries take note while drawing up new pension plans. They recommend instituting social get-togethers and work shops for recent retirees to help lessen the predicted decline in social interaction and critical thinking that often comes along with retirement.

-www.studyfinds.org, 30 October 2019

Arno's commentary

Average life expectancy in the USA in 1900 was 43 years. Today, it stands at about 80 years. There are many reasons to believe that life expectancy will increase in the coming years. First of all, advances in medical science and available effective medicine. Then there is the abundance of excellent, high quality food, and—we must add, which many might disagree with—we breathe today cleaner air and drink purer water than ever before. Quality control of groceries, while not as strict as in the European Union, stands at an all-time high.

But there is a problem: early retirement. One small piece of advice this writer will contribute: park your car as far away as you can from the store you are going to visit; the steps you take count toward your continued mobility.

More important, however, is what we read in Psalm 90:10, 12: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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