This website summarises the work of a mixed-methodology, international research project, Work, Retirement and Wellbeing, funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) Cross-Council Programme (Grant ES/L002884/1). The LLHW funding partners for this award are the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council. The study began in March 2014.

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Older employees not keeping up with the young Joneses

The media keep telling us that older retired people are better off than the younger generation. While they may have toiled for years to pay off their mortgages, they did have the good fortune to get into the housing market before it went mad and bad. Today’s pensioner households are also enjoying higher incomes than …

Is retirement a ‘window of opportunity’ for lifestyle change?

Over the past two decades, retirement has increasingly come to be presented as a ‘risk’ for individuals, whether in relation to income or due to the potentially negative impact on wellbeing, physical, and mental health. In light of warnings that retirement is a health risk, a new qualitative research project, funded by the Economic and …