DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm thinking of retiring, but I've always had a very busy and fulfilling career. How will I make the transition to retirement? Or should I continue working until I no longer can?
DEAR READER: This might seem like an unusual subject for a doctor writing a column about medical problems, but I get asked this question all the time. Indeed, the decision you make about it might well affect your future health. I'm assuming from your question that you have no financial need to continue working and that your health allows you to do so. Even if it does, there's no doubt that one's energy declines with age. If your work is intense and involves long hours, there will come a time when it's no longer possible to do that work well.