Experts on aging have long noted that for healthy people who enjoy their jobs, retiring too early, may not be such a great idea, with studies showing earlier mortality rates and more health problems among those who retire than those who keep working.

Even though today's new retirees tend to be significantly healthier and more active than their parents were, trading an interesting and intellectually stimulating or creative job for a life of TV, cards and golf may not be best for everyone.

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