Partial and complete retirement due to ill-health among mature age Australians

S. W. Pit*, R. Shrestha, D. Schofield, M. Passey

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Abstract

Objectives: An ageing population requires governments to keep older people working longer and delay early retirement. This paper investigates the extent to which common health problems and geographical location are associated with full and partial early retirement among mature-age Australians. Study design: Cross sectional. Methods: Multinomial logistic regression analysis of self-reported data of 21,719 women and 16,393 men from the 45 and Up Study. Outcome measure: retirement status. Results: Women who reported ever having been told by a doctor that they had a stroke, cancer (except melanoma and skin and breast cancer), osteoarthritis, depression, osteoporosis, thrombosis, or anxiety were more likely to be fully retired due to ill-health compared to those without these health problems. Those who reported ever having been told by a doctor that they had depression, breast cancer or osteoarthritis were more likely to be partially retired due to ill-health than those without these health problems.Men who reported ever having been told by a doctor that they had cancer, heart disease, anxiety or depression were more likely to be fully or partially retired due to ill-health than those without these health problems. Men who reported having had a stroke, diabetes, thyroid problems, osteoarthritis or osteoporosis were more likely to be fully retired due to ill-health compared to those without these health problems.Men and women living outside major cities were more likely to be fully retired due to ill-health. Men from outer regional areas were also more likely to be partially retired due to ill-health. Conclusions: To reduce early retirement due to ill-health, health practitioners, governments and employers should address targeted health problems, particularly in areas outside capital cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-571
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Health
Volume127
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • chronic disease
  • middle aged
  • retirement
  • rural area

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