There is a general perception that after a certain age people need to retire, in order to protect their health. Older age is known to take its toll on the body and work, especially hard labour, can often aggravate problems and make them worse. However, according to Dr Lynda Shaw, cognitive neuroscientist and business improvement strategist, working longer can actually keep people healthier and combat depression. "Depression is enormously on the increase and so is stress and anxiety. It comes a lot from loneliness, isolation and lack of self-worth," she said. However, when people "feel valuable enough to stay in work" those feelings are abated. In the workplace individuals are aware that they have a purpose and are relied upon. Essentially, work gives people a reason to get up in the morning. Remaining in an active social environment can also help cognitive health, by keeping minds engaged and making sure that people remain active. Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.