New study: Working past the age of 65 is good for you

A new study by the University of Miami finds seniors lead better lives if they work past 65.

Health Works takes you behind the scenes to meet FOX 2's 80-year-old stagehand Don Dickman.

Don is going strong and says he won't even entertain the notion of retiring, anytime soon.

And there's sufficient evidence that working past the age of 65 is actually good for your health.

In the new movie "The Intern" Robert De Niro plays a 70-year-old retiree who gets back into the game to become an intern at an online fashion site. Not only does he bring his hard earned wisdom to the table but he also provides the team with some much needed guidance which, in turn, feeds his own soul.

And that's exactly why a new study from the University of Miami finds seniors who continue to work appear healthier than those who call it quits.

Researchers looked at 83,000 Americans age 65 and older and found seniors, especially those in physically demanding jobs, have better physical and mental health.

"Most people that are 65 that I encounter want to work want to give back to society," says JVS career counselor Sherry James. She works to help the older workforce find what she calls an "encore career." 

That workforce is growing, by the way. By 2022, people 65 and older are expected to make up 22 percent of the work force.

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