Within the first two years from the time of retirement, cardiovascular events, depression and recourse to doctors and specialists increase. According to data provided by international studies, the increase is between 2 and 2.5%. It emerged from the 64th National Congress of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Sigg) in Rome.

“To retire is bad for your health. To work tired, but to protect body and mind. Apart from people who have had a very hard working life, who is sick, who started at a very young age, in general, retirement creates fragility and the state of health worsens”, says Niccolò Marchionni, Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Florence and director of General Cardiology at Careggi Hospital. “Going into retirement earlier than expected, as Quota 100 predicts, at an age of just 60, when you are still in strength and feeling good, does not only hurt your health, it hurts society. Go away before being able to count on the income that comes from work is immoral, ” says Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, president of Sigg, “especially if we consider the dramatic situation of the economy in the country”.

For geriatricians, retiring is bad for your healthNot only that, the pension for most people represents a threshold that coincides with the idea of being useless. “What doctors warn us is that getting out of the world of work is pejorative also for perceived health, that is, that being out of work affects the way people feel, both physically and psychologically: being retired triggers a mechanism that makes you feel in the last phase of life, no longer involved, out of everything “, explains Nicola Ferrara,Professor of Geriatrics at the Federico II University of Naples. The exit from the production process, the lack of a commitment in society, the sense of marginalization – say the Sigg experts – has an impact on the health that doctors touch with their hands.

The post-retirement period coincides with a phase of fragility with physical and cognitive symptoms. “Studies show a different experience between wealthy and non-wealthy classes, between educated and retired people with fewer cultural resources – experts clarify – those with fewer tools and lower income also have more health problems”. “It is not to be underestimated – adds Ferrara – a very important fact. With retirement, most people see their purchasing power decrease. Worse still for those who decide to take advantage of laws that allow them to leave years earlier than reaching age and lose a significant percentage of their income. With the result that a seventy year old, despite having worked for 40 years, risks becoming a new poor and not being able to afford the care he needs”.

The message that comes from the geriatricians gathered in congress is clear:”You do not want madly to retire, because you don’t know what awaits you. Prepare yourself in time to face that sense of emptiness and uselessness that can seriously harm your health”.

The risks becoming a new poor and cannot afford the care he needs “. The message coming from the geriatricians gathered in congress is clear:” You don’t want to retire madly, because you don’t know what to expect. Prepare yourself in time to face that sense of emptiness and uselessness that can seriously harm your health”. The risks becoming a new poor and cannot afford the care he needs”. The message coming from the geriatricians gathered in congress is clear:” You don’t want to retire madly, because you don’t know what to expect. Prepare yourself in time to face that sense of emptiness and uselessness that can seriously harm your health”.