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Research Paper CMPO Working Papers University of Bristol 10/255

Social connectedness and retirement: evidence from the UK

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Publication date

2010

Abstract

It has been suggested that social connectedness is potentially important for a healthy and happy retirement. This paper presents evidence that levels of social connectedness (defined as being active in social organisations) increase at retirement, by 25 per cent compared to pre-retirement levels. However, there is not a consistently strong and positive association between social connectedness and health and well-being in retirement for everyone. Rather, the evidence suggests that social connectedness may matter most in bad times.

Subjects

Older People, Well Being, and Social Capital

Links

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/Depts/CMPO/workingpapers/workingpapers.htm

Notes

Nos. 98/001 onwards available on internet; discussion paper

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