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Olders workers could experience physical and mental revival through employment

By: Ashley Curtis
28 December 2011

Older workers could maintain or perhaps boost their physical and mental health by working longer into their old age.

That's according to Dr Clive Wood, a psychology expert at Cardiff, who believes the brain could keep itself stimulated thanks to the nuances of a working life.

Older people can now continue working well past 65 thanks to the abolition of the Default Retirement Age, cited as a victory against ageism in the workplace and now workers may find themselves reaping the benefits of working long into their elder years.

"That might be the activity of a job, and if not a job, then some other sort of activity," claims Dr Wood to

This could prompt older workers to try their hand at logistics work in a bid to keep their brain physically and mentally active. Working in logistics requires employees to be on the ball, especially on the roads, so older workers may find themselves constantly challenged by the trials of the industry.

Age Cymru spokesman Iwan Rhys Roberts believes more older workers looking for jobs smashes traditional, rigid ideas about retiring.

Roberts believes attitudes towards older workers "will quickly evolve to look at their skills and experience, not their date of birth" as workers increasingly seek jobs past the retirement age.

"Many people will want to work longer for personal or financial reasons and prejudice should not lock them out of the workplace," he claims to Wales Online.

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