New research identifies a connection between working later in life and reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
According to the Associated Press, scientists at the French health research agency Inserm reviewed records of 429,000 retired shopkeepers and craftsmen. The group’s average age was 74; its members had been retired for an average of 12 years. For every year they worked after their 60th birthday, the risk of developing dementia fell by 3.2 percent.
The researchers found that as a whole, about 3 percent of the group developed some type of dementia after retiring. But people who retired at 65 - when the French government forces civil servants to retire - were about 15 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who retired at 60.
Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations for the Alzheimer’s Association, told the Associated Press the people who kept working probably reduced their risk of developing dementia because they kept their brains active longer than those who retired early.