Every day my grandfather gets up and goes to the office. We often wonder what he does there all day long considering he “retired” more then 20 years ago. While my grandmother might think its better for him to stay at home and relax, a recent analysis by the Australian Bureau of Statistics says that working is actually helping him stay healthy! The 2004-2005 National Health Survey found that older workers have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and arthritis than their non working peers. I don’t know if those results hold up across countries (my grandfather lives in the U.S.) but regardless of where you are geographically it’s still an encouraging reason to stay active as you age.

You can read more results of the analysis by downloading the report Health of Mature Age Workers in Australia: A Snapshot at www.abs.gov.au