Study: Later Retirement May Help Prevent Dementia

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PLAN A FOR RETIREMENT

Don’t. :)

Don’t retire!

But, do organize your life around activity that stimulates your brain and keeps your body active . . . or, lose it very quickly.

THE BAD NEWS

About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the most common type. In the U.S., about 5 million have Alzheimer’s — 1 in 9 people aged 65 and over. What causes the mind-robbing disease isn’t known and there is no cure or any treatments that slow its progression.

However, continuous research does point at telling us that we need to be responsible for our health and keep our bodies and brains active to keep them “young” and flexible to possibly keep brain dysfunction from starting or getting worse.

One answer… don’t retire!

THE GOOD NEWS!

New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. 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 found.

It’s by far the largest study to look at this, 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 3.2%,” said Carole Dufouil, a scientist at INSERM, the French government’s health research agency.

She led the study and gave results July 15, 2013 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

So, get back to work!

RETIREMENT IS AN OLD TERM THAT DOESN’T APPLY ANYMORE

We are living longer and longer. We are not “retiring” at 65 and expecting to die within a few years as was the norm less than a century ago. To live longer means being responsible for your body and brain longer, in all the best of ways!

WHAT KIND OF WORK

Basically, no sitting around doing nothing or just watching TV, letting your butt and brain turn  into more fat (the brain is 60% fat already!). Neurons do die off when you don’t stay inquisitive about life. No new neurons = no happy brain = faltering brain function and possible dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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So, get out there, be engaged in life, be active and involved…

  • at a “real” job
  • volunteer
  • get outdoors and play with friends or groups, like golfing or gardening
  • exercise daily
  • any and all activity that keeps you moving and creative for 5-8 hours/day

FIND MORE HERE at USA TODAY/ and watch the VIDEO

 

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