Working for longer reduces dementia risk
PEOPLE who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France has found.
It's by far the largest study to look at the topic, and researchers say the conclusion makes sense. Working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged – all things known to help prevent mental decline.
"For each additional year of work, the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2pc," said lead researcher Carole Dufouil, a scientist at INSERM, the French government's health research agency.
The results of the study were revealed yesterday at the Alzheimer's Association international conference in Boston.
About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer's is the most common type. What causes the mind-robbing disease isn't known, and there is no cure or any treatments that slow its progression.