December 15, 2012

Fine at First, Then Less So

1 Retirement Feels the Same Regardless of Age

At a time when economic uncertainty finds many workers retiring involuntarily and earlier than they wanted to, or planning to work longer than they expected to, a new study from U.C. Berkeley reports that at least for men, the psychological impact of retirement is the same regardless of one's age at the time. Researchers analyzed data on over 18,000 U.S. and European males aged 50 to 70 and found that in the early aftermath of retirement, the men typically felt that their sense of well-being and overall satisfaction had significantly improved, but that after a few years had passed, their happiness levels had fallen off, and that this pattern prevailed no matter what age they retired at. Ultimately, retired men seem to achieve a stable level of happiness around the age of 70.

More at Www.sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Baby Boomers Concerned About Medicare

Tags: Forced Retirement, Job Loss and Psychology, Impact of Early Retirement, Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies, Retirement and Happiness

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Idea of Understandable Unclear

2 Medication Information Not So Easy to Read

A new study has found that the medication guides that come with the drugs people pick up at the pharmacy are not understandable as required by the Plain Writing Act of 2010, largely because the law does not define understandable. Researchers had 449 people read three medication guides and answer questions about them. The scores ranged from 25 percent in those with the lowest literacy level to 65 percent for those with the highest. The guides were written at a tenth and eleventh grade reading level. Some suggest making them at a fourth to eighth grade level which is difficult. Previous research found that guides were on average 2,000 words, had no summary section and only one out of the 185 guides studied met the "suitability" guidelines for medical education materials.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Prescription Drug Pamphlets Not Uniform

Tags: Health Literacy, Pharmaceuticals, Medication Guides, Plain Writing Act of 2010, Medical Education Materials

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