Rethinking the Definition of Retirement

OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo   775-870-6942

Can the social sciences define “retirement?” So far, no!

In all of the retirement literature published in the social sciences, there are too many studies that try to define retirement to make sense out of any one study.

To help cut this Gordian knot, a recently published study proposes that the concept of statuses, which are not necessarily mutually exclusive or sequential, replace the idea of stages of retirement.bigstock-Retirement-Ahead-Sign-65546656

“Statuses better reflect observed human behavior and are more open to multicultural application, thus facilitating retirement research and clinical practice.”

The retirement statuses proposed in the study, which can exist in any combination or sequence, are Retrenchment, Exploration, Try-out, Involvement, Reconsideration, and Exiting – note that they form the acronym RETIRE.

To view the paper see: J Aging Stud. 2016 Aug;38:1-5

Yours in Health!

Dr. Ken Romeo

Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research and Genomic Council (HARGC) in Reno, NV.

Though each article contained on this Blog is derived from published Clinical and Research data contained in various national and international databases with links provided,

NO ARTICLE OR CONCLUSION IS MEANT TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, PREVENT OR CURE DISEASE.

CONSULT YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR HEALTH REGIMEN.

 Contact: DrKenRomeo1@yahoo.com

 

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