Delaying retirement could lower the risk of brain disease in the elderly

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Delaying retirement could lower the risk of brain disease in the elderlyRecent research has shown that people who delays retirement have a lower risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia compared with those who retires at the age of 60.

The research was conducted on 429,000 employees in France. They found that the risk of dementia decreased when somebody delay their retirement and keep working at the age of 60 years and over.

“Our data show strong evidence for a decreased risk of dementia and brain disease associated with old age when one delays retirement and continue working in old age,” said Carole Dufoil researchers from INSERM, as reported by Reuters (16/07).

INSERM found that there is a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s by 14 percent for those who retire at age 65 years, compared with those who retired at the age of 60 years. The results were obtained through observations of participants for 12 years and ended in 2010.

Dean Hartley, director of the Alzheimer’s Association explains that the physical and intellectual activities undertaken by the elderly help them reduce the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Even so Hartley argued that more research is needed to determine the exact reason behind the link between pensions and the risk of brain disease.

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