Retirement for ill health more likely in regional areas

People in regional areas are more likely to fully retire due to ill health than those living in the city, research has shown.

The study of 21,719 men and 16,393 women aged 45 to 65 found 5% of working aged men in cities were fully retired because of poor health, compared with 8% in inner regional areas and 9% in outer regional areas.

Stroke and cancers other than melanoma, skin and breast cancer had the highest associations with early retirement.

Researchers said the results could inform health policies for mature-aged workers aimed at reducing early retirement, and could reduce government spending on pensions and disability payments.

Read more at University of Sydney