Influence of work on happiness and health

How can work affect your health, and how is your health and well-being influenced once you reach retirement age? To answer the first part of the question, Leyden Academy is working together with the Technical University Delft on the Health Coach Programme. TU Delft employees participating in the health programme receive personal coaching which, supplemented with an e-dashboard, can gain insight into stress, exercise patterns and diet. This form of health self-managment by means of e-health is an unusual innovation for occupational medicine. Leyden Academy has executed the (medical) effect analysis for this programme, based upon random controlled research. After six weeks, initial results already indicate a drop in blood pressure, some weight loss and a favourable cholesterol measurement. It remains to be seen how sustainable these positive effects will last.

To answer the second part of the question regarding retirement, Leyden Academy works together with the researchers at the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement. We are publishing a series of four whitepapers to broaden the view on retirement, beyond the traditional financial scope. The first whitepaper was released in December 2018 and examines the question: Why do we retire?. In the three whitepapers that follow in 2019, we will further broaden the view on retirement from the perspectives of health and vitality, well-being and life satisfaction, and finally the image of retirement and retirees.

Furthermore, ILC Global Alliance partners are researching whether early or late retirement has an effect over other cognitive abilities at an older age.

For more information, please contact Marieke van der Waal.