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Later retirement linked to lower risk of dementia

Often feel like giving it all up and going to live somewhere where they serve drinks at 11am with little umbrellas in them? Well, the thought might be great, but it might not be great for your mind. A French study of more than 429 000 retired, self-employed workers found that later age at retirement was associated with a decreased risk of being diagnosed with dementia. On average, the workers had been retired for an average of 12 years. The researchers found that for each year the participants delayed retirement, the risk of dementia was reduced by 3.2%. The findings support the hypothesis that mental stimulation throughout life is associated with a reduced risk of dementia. The information was presented at the 2013 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Please note that information presented at meetings is preliminary and subject to change until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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