Retirement ‘is harmful to health’

first_img Share Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Retirement ‘is harmful to health’ by: – May 16, 2013 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Retirement can affect your mental health, the study suggestsRetirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found.The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a “drastic decline in health” in the medium and long term.The IEA said the study suggests people should work for longer for health as well as economic reasons.The government already plans to raise the state pension age.The study, which was published in conjunction with the Age Endeavour Fellowship, a charity, compared retired people with those who had continued working past retirement age, and took into account possible confounding factors.Philip Booth, programme director at the IEA, said the government should go further to deregulate labour markets and allow people to work for longer.No ‘normal’ retirement age“Working longer will not only be an economic necessity, it also helps people live healthier lives,” he said.Edward Datnow, chairman of the Age Endeavour Fellowship, said: “There should be no ‘normal’ retirement age in future. “More employers need to consider how they will capitalise on Britain’s untapped grey potential and those seeking to retire should think very hard about whether it is their best option.”The study suggests there is a small boost to health immediately after retirement, before a significant decline in the longer term.Retirement is found to increase the chances of suffering from clinical depression by 40%, while you are 60% more likely to suffer from a physical condition. The effect is the same for men and women, while the chances of becoming ill appear to increase with the length of time spent in retirement.BBC Newslast_img read more

The making of a jockey

first_imgSOMIS Amelia Williams grew up loving horses. Then she found a boyfriend who loves horse racing. So, about a year ago, the 27-year-old from New Mexico decided she wanted to become a jockey. Noting that racing Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was one of the most successful of all time, male or female, Williams figured it was a sport in which women could compete against men on an equal basis. “I don’t really look at sex as an obstacle,” she said. “A 100-pound woman can be as strong as a man. There is no advantage. It’s all a matter of how much you want to try.” Five months ago, Williams enrolled in the Frank Garza Jockey School, situated on 10 acres with a half-mile race track in Ventura County’s rural hill country near Camarillo. “It’s thrilling,” she said. “I’m flabbergasted people will pay you to enjoy yourself like this.” The school is owned by Garza, 59, of Newbury Park, who grew up riding horses and learned to race from his brother and uncle. In 1968, he weighed only 105 pounds when his horse, Spaceman II, won a $100,000 purse at Hollywood Park. Since then, he said, purses have gone up about 10 times, allowing winning jockeys who get a cut to make a good living. Garza continued to race through the 1970s but decided to retire in 1980 to spend more time with his family. Around 1990, he started his jockey school in Newbury Park and eventually moved to the current site he leases at a ranch on Donlan Road. One of his most famous students was J.C. Gonzalez, who won 181 races with purses totaling $4.1 million before he was killed when his horse, Wolfhunt, collapsed in a race at Fairplex Park in Pomona in 1999. Garza said it can take three months to two years before one of his students is ready to race, but most take about six or seven months of training. The first 30 days of the program they are on probation until Garza determines whether they have what it takes. Eventually he tries to help them get jobs exercising horses at Hollywood Park or Santa Anita, which can lead to jockey positions. The people who exercise the horses can wind up making more than the least successful jockeys – but the most successful jockeys can make millions. Since the days when he was racing in the 1960s, the number of female jockeys has changed dramatically, Garza said. “Back in the ’60s, you wouldn’t see a woman on the backside,” he said. “Now they are everywhere you look. It’s growing every day. They are getting into it, big-time.” Williams hopes to be one of them. Her goal is to graduate next month and start exercising horses at Santa Anita, eventually moving into a jockey position. But as much as she loves it, she says it can be tough. “Your legs get tired, your arms get tired. I fell in December and dislocated my hip and sprained my back, but I’m back riding. I work out at the gym every day,” she said. “You’ve got to want it, or it’s not going to happen.” Garza has been riding horses since he was 10 and started racing professionally at 19. He said he has broken his legs and his arms riding, but still feels good at nearly 60 years of age. “The horses can bump into each other, go down or jump over the rail,” he said. “But if you like it, you’re not scared. You can’t be afraid.” Another one of his students is Mike Acosta, 30, of Las Vegas, who is training to be an exercise rider rather than a jockey. “I grew up kind of poor and I’d never really been on a horse,” he said. “But I got interested in racing from my mom and grandmother, who liked going to the racetrack. I grew up with this dream of riding horses, like some kids grow up dreaming of (playing) baseball.” Another of Garza’s students is Laurie Kole, 50, who brought her 2-year-old thoroughbred, Needle Colony, to Garza for training. Needle Colony’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side was a famous horse named Needles that won the Kentucky Derby in 1956, and his grandfather on his father’s side was Pleasant Colony, which won the Derby in 1981. “Hopefully we’ll go to (Hollywood Park) in June and his first race will be in July,” she said of her 2-year-old stallion. If her dreams come true, Needle Colony might even run in the Derby some day. [email protected] (805) 583-7602 Information The jockey and exercise rider training programs offered at the Frank Garza Jockey School include everything from grooming and tacking to techniques of working with young horses, galloping horses in company, breaking from the starting gate and riding styles and tactics. The fees for learning to be a jockey or exercise rider are about $1,200 a month, with higher fees for housing arrangements for students from other areas. Details about rates and exact curricula are available at www.thejockeyschool.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more