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Cabbies who retire 'often feel grief and loss', says research

Planning ahead can help ease transition: Doc

Published on Jan 11, 2014 10:33 AM
 
Dr Chan Mei Leng speaking with taxi driver Lim Chee Pheng during the retirement planning talk at Tan Tock Seng Hospital yesterday. Mr Lim is 74 and plans to retire in August. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Retirement often leaves taxi drivers suffering "an emotional shock" and feeling "unwanted", with too much time on their hands.

These and other findings were made by Dr Chan Mei Leng, a principal occupational therapist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), based on her research involving 38 cabbies.

"Many of them might think they are mentally and physically prepared (for retirement), but when the time comes, they feel grief and loss," she said.

Her research in 2012 prompted her to host a talk yesterday to help older taxi drivers prepare for retirement.

 
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HARD TO LET GO

Taxi drivers work longer than other groups, so their worker identity is very strong. Full retirement is something that many of them don't even consider.

- Dr Chan Mei Leng, a principal occupational therapist at TTSH, on why older taxi drivers are often daunted by retirement