Retire later to stop loneliness, says No 10 adviser

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People who carry on working in some capacity beyond their retirement could live longer, because they are not so lonely, a No 10 adviser has suggested.

David Halpern said a lack of social interaction was “much worse” for elderly people in terms of its effect on their mortality than smoking.

Mr Halpern is director of Downing Street’s behavioural “nudge unit”.

It advises government on ways to encourage people to change behaviour, without using compulsion.

The approach is based on a school of thought that “nudging” people in a certain direction is more productive and cost-effective than trying to change behaviour by banning things or passing regulation.

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