Older people who have been organised, responsible and hard working in their jobs may adjust more successfully than others when compelled to retire or made redundant, according to a new study. The authors suggest the trait of conscientiousness could act as a “psychological buffer” making them more proactive in finding new leisure activities. But among healthy people who retired early, extraversion may create lower satisfaction with life, income and leisure. The researchers also looked at other psychological traits but say evidence of their effects remain inconclusive. However, they suggest their findings could help guide “targeted interventions and policies to boost the well-being of ageing adults”.

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