Are health costs in retirement different for men and women?
When you or your partner retires, does it affect your health?
That depends on whether you're the husband or the wife, says Angela Curl, a professor of social work at the University of Missouri.
According to her research, husbands report that while they feel their health declined after retirement it improved once when their wives retired. And that may mean less spending on health care, a major expense in retirement.
Wives, on the other hand, didn't share that sentiment. They maintained that their health remained pretty much the same after their husbands left work.
And when these women retired themselves and were asked about their own health, they generally rated it as worse during the first few years after they left their jobs, but then said it improved as time went on.
The difference may also be because women tend to have better social networks outside of the workplace, while men are more likely to depend on their jobs for a sense of identity, place and belonging and can become depressed without them, gerontologist Jerry Ingram told AARP recently.
Sound familiar? Does this describe your parent's lives? What do you envision for your future?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money
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