The average retirement age has seen a fairly dramatic increase in recent years. People are staying in the workforce longer. For some, staying in the workforce for an extended period of time means more financial security, for others, the mental and social stimulation associated with work keeps them hanging around a little longer.

Increased levels of health in older age and the changing nature of work have also contributed significantly to the raise in retirement age.

If you can see retirement on the horizon but plan on hanging around for a little longer, it’s important to take care of your health and appearance.

After all, it is likely that there is at least one younger and more spritely employee keeping a close eye on your position, awaiting your retirement just as eagerly as you.

Keeping yourself as youthful and healthy as possible will demonstrate confidence and happiness, and give you the greatest chance of retiring at your own discretion, as opposed to being encouraged or pushed toward retirement.

Even if you plan on transitioning to a less strenuous work load or changing to a less demanding job, maintaining your health will help you remain desirable in the eyes of an employer. If you are your own employer, it will remind your clients and employees that you are still in a position of competent authority.

So how can you ensure you remain as youthful and healthy as possible?

Take care of your body, appearance and overall health

It might sound blatantly obvious, but taking care of yourself will not only be favourable to your own health, but it will strengthen your position in the workplace.

While optimal health can only be achieved through regular exercise, adequate nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle, there are a couple of shortcuts that will keep you looking young and vibrant.

Dress nicely

“Dress is a very foolish thing, and yet it is a very foolish thing for a man not to be well dressed.” – Lord Chesterfield.

Crisp, clean and nicely-fitting clothing does make a difference. Dress appropriately for the particular occasion. Dressing well helps you to exude confidence, and will go a long way toward receiving respect and trust from strangers and co-workers alike.

Sport a winning smile

One of the most important (and often overlooked) elements of appearance is your smile. It only takes a quick glance, just a few seconds for someone to evaluate your current mood, attitude and even personality. A smile can play a big role in shaping these perceptions.

A warm and healthy smile will demonstrate happiness and confidence, and these are two qualities you want and need.

Why not take advantage of modern cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is no longer exclusive to the rich and famous. There are a number of easy and safe cosmetic treatment options that can help you achieve a rejuvenated and healthy smile. The benefits can be both visually/aesthetically pleasing and physically beneficial to the overall function of your smile.

With such a rapid spike in popularity, a large number of dental practices are now offering cosmetic dental treatments.

Don’t be fooled into thinking all cosmetic treatments come with the same quality guarantee.

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist that has completed a multitude of extra dental training.

By seeking the services of a prosthodontic specialist, you can ensure you are being treated by a dental specialist with an eye for detail and a quality developed craftsmanship.

Dr Jim Ironside is one of Australia’s leading prosthodontic specialists with vast experience in enhancing, restoring and rejuvenating smiles.

If you’d like more information on a cosmetic dental procedure that could help you achieve a fresh look, and help your transition to retirement, please get in contact with Ironside Advanced Dental today.

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