London: Married men should not retire before their wives because there will be no one at home to look after them, a study has said.
While wives report that their health begins to improve a few years after retiring, husbands remain convinced that their physical state is in decline the longer they are out of work, until their wives join them, according to the study.
The change in husbands` attitude, laid bare in a survey of retired couples` perceptions of their own health, is down to the effect of having a good woman to care for them, The Telegraph reported Wednesday quoting experts from the University of Missouri in America.
Despite husbands believing that their health was in decline, the study showed men were at a lower risk of cardiac problems after retirement, while there was no change in women.
Researchers who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, said that preparing for changes in lifestyle and health would lead to a better retirement for married couples.
Assistant professor Angela Curl said: Working part-time after retiring could help ease the transition into retirement and improve health in the later years of life.
She said: "There are a lot of health benefits to staying employed ... Working just a few hours each week can facilitate better health."