Women Who work in Their Prime Years Age Better, Live Longer
The great news for women, new research shows golden 33, as they reached that women who were used during their years had better health than their non-working counterparts.
Working women were less depressed over the next decades as they entered old age, and even lived more, said a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany, Jennifer Caputo.
“Many women in this study went to work in low-status or traditionally male-dominated fields. Caputo and her coauthors examined data from the National Longitudinal Survey of mature women. The survey started in 1967 with about 5,100 women aged 30-44, and followed them until they were 66-80 years old in 2003.
Their investigations showed that women who regularly worked for pay during the first 20 years of the study reported physical health limitations and symptoms of depression as they aged than women who did not work for pay, such as housewives over the next 16 years. They had more than 25 percent lower risk of having died by 2012.
Consistently negative experiences with work did seem to take a toll on the health of women later on. People who did not particularly like their jobs perceived discrimination at work, and stated they didn’t feel committed to their job had poorer physical and mental health as they aged.
However, non-workers were not healthier in late life than women with these experiences.
The authors found that taking into account income class, and hours worked did not explain why women that were working were healthier and lived women. “For the very first time. We could demonstrate a positive long-term relationship between working in midlife and health over many subsequent years, even beyond the age of retirement,” she added.