In the news: reasons not to retire

Jay Olshansky

S. Jay Olshansky, an expert on aging, says it’s healthier for older adults to keep working.


“It had become an escalating problem. They would, among other things, take cars that were legally parked and tow them away. And often, drivers would be pretty upset by that.”

Dick Simpson, professor of political science, on his campaign against Lincoln Park Towing when he was a Chicago alderman, and his office’s help to songwriter Steve Goodman with his song “Lincoln Park Pirates,” Sept. 24



“It’s definitely a critical area of research, as climate change scientists expect more frequent and heavier rainfall events. If these events are going to happen more often, we need to better understand the relationship to human health.”

Jyotsna Jagai, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, on the link between extreme rainfall, sewer overflow into waterways and illness, Sept. 23 Pump Handle science blog



“Remaining in the labor force is healthier for you. It’s healthier because working keeps you physically and mentally engaged.”

S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and an expert on aging, on a study that found older adults who keep working appear healthier than those who retire, Sept. 24 HealthDay


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