Last reply 1 month ago
Early retirement

I’m now 55 i was diagnosed in 2013 and i have just carried half disbelieving that i have ms but have got to a stage that i have had to tell work and everyday is a uphill struggle and my neurologist said that it may be time to take early retirement and I havent got a clue where to start.

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marlene_mansell
1 month ago

Thought one doesn’t get MS im their 50 only 20-40’s


stumbler
1 month ago

@martin_hoole , are you a member of a Union? They should be able to advise.


martin_hoole
1 month ago

No i used to be in a union but when i got diagnosed i changed jobs.


dan_evans
1 month ago

What was your job?


norma_wood
1 month ago

I’m 53, diagnosed in 2017 rrms. I carried on working but as time went on fatigue and neuropathic pain meant that my sickness levels from work became more frequent. Christmas time 2019 I finished working. I got ill health retiral. It was actually the best thing because I hadn’t realised how stressed i was with trying to carry on a normal life with ms.


patty_estrada
1 month ago

I put my disability in nov 2019, told dr applied first time, got denied tried again 6months later applied got approved.☺️


patty_estrada
1 month ago

I had been working in hospitals supplies, could not lift boxes was there 25years. I HATE MS!!!😑😑😑


martin_hoole
1 month ago

I worked in a engineering firm for 27 years took redundancy now working as a security officer but can no longer do the foot patrols.


daveo
1 month ago

Hi Martin, I can advise you from an occupational pension perspective. You’ll need to talk to your manager and you’ll need to talk to hr. You may be required to meet with your occupational health representatives too. Based on their assessment will indicate whether you could be entitled retire early on the basis of ill health. Some pension schemes will offer some kind of enhancement to the benefits you could receive. Different schemes offer different benefits, some schemes will have a different assessment process. However, as you’re 55 you can retire and receive income from your pension with the ill health application.


vixen
1 month ago

Hi @martin_hoole, yes, definitely ask for an Occupational Health assessment. I am your age and dropped working down to 2 days last year, which has really improved my quality of life. It would be a shame to stop working entirely if yo don’t feel ‘ready’ to; maybe your firm cold make adjustments for you until you find something a little more suitable? All the best


stumbler
1 month ago

@martin_hoole , make an appointment with your Bank for a financial assessment, to understand how this will affect your future income.


martin_hoole
1 month ago

Thanks for the replies spoken to my manager and he’s getting in touch with HR then hopefully occupational health its a lot to think about but got the ball rolling.

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