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A Silver Lining in Working Longer

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If you’re feeling a bit low about the prospect of working a bit longer, there’s good news from a new British study.  Working a few years longer can help keep the onset of Alzheimer’s at bay.  

 Researchers found that a year of work was associated with about a six-week delay in Alzheimer’s.   “The intellectual stimulation that older people gain from the workplace may prevent a decline in mental abilities, thus keeping people above the threshold for dementia for longer,” said Simon Lovestone, one of the paper’s co-authors, in a press statement.

 While more research is needed to confirm the link between working and the delayed onset of Alzheimer’s, it’s a sign that continuing to keep our brain active has benefits as we age.  It is the reason that brain fitness and brain games from Sudoku to computer games are growing in popularity.

 The research from King’s College in London was based on data from 1300 people with dementia.

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Written by Laura Rossman

May 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Posted in Health Care

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