Working has its health benefits – Another benefit of working into your golden years is that it may have added health benefits. Many recent studies are showing that those who work longer live longer. A 2016 study from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found healthy adults who delayed their retirement for one year past the age of 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of becoming ill. Keeping active both physically and mentally are key components to living a long and healthy life. And, there is some belief that staying active and engaged at work may help fight the natural decline in physical and cognitive functioning that can happen as you age. But, if you aren’t working don’t worry. There is plenty of research that also shows volunteering, finding new hobbies or pursuing one’s interests after retirement is linked to a longer life expectancy.