ED WARD wrote:
That's fine and dandy, Flagpole. But nothing in those links addresses the skewing of early retirees dying 8 years earlier than others.
Sure, people stop working sooner b/c of illness (800/year according to one of your links). That's common sense. They also do to take care of ill relatives (including children), enjoy life, go part-time, etc.
1) The number mentioned by another poster was 7 years earlier, not 8.
2) 7 years was just stated by a poster. We have no evidence that that is true.
3) As you mentioned, there are some stats (both pro and con actually) in the third link especially that talk about people retiring early to deal with health issues. 18% of them who retired before age 62 according to one set of data, died before the study was complete.
4) Yes, people retire early for all kinds of reasons. I just don't buy that because you retire early it means that you will die 7 years earlier than you would have if you continued working longer (I know the guy didn't say that, but by bringing up the stat, he is suggesting to stave off death by working longer). It's just not that black and white...there are reasons that some people die earlier that MIGHT lead to a stat that says you will die 7 years earlier if you do.