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2012-05-02 20:10:47

New research shows that 40 percent of older Americans postponed retirement in the wake of the Great Recession. The research, presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, is the first to link actual data on household wealth just before and after the downturn to the retirement plans of a nationally representative sample of Americans age 50 and older. “The typical household lost about 5 percent of its total wealth between the summers of 2008 and...

2010-10-26 16:15:00

First large-scale study shows that most older patients hospitalized with severe sepsis face years of cognitive, physical decline, according to U-M research ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Older adults who survive severe sepsis are at higher risk for long-term cognitive impairment and physical limitations than those hospitalized for other reasons, according to researchers from the University of Michigan Health System. Research to be published Oct. 27 today in the...

2009-10-13 14:48:42

Those who stay in their original field fare best mentally, report finds Retirees who transition from full-time work into a temporary or part-time job experience fewer major diseases and are able to function better day-to-day than people who stop working altogether, according to a national study. And the findings were significant even after controlling for people's physical and mental health before retirement. The study's authors refer to this transition between career and complete retirement...

2008-08-22 03:00:33

By Shapiro, Adam Yarborough-Hayes, Raijah Although labor-force participation among older men has been increasing (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005), retirement is still largely viewed as a highly desirable life transition. Even so, there seems to be a popular perception that retirement closely precedes ill health and death and leads to what once was referred to as a "roleless role" (Burgess, 1960). But retirement is not a role; it is, rather, a life stage-one that has multiple pathways...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.