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A mentally stimulating job could postpone the onset of dementia by 1.5 years, says report

Studies have also highlighted the importance of physical fitness in helping to fend off debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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  • People who have worked in mentally stimulating fields may have a significantly reduced risk of developing dementia in later life.
  • Staying physically fit can also help to fend off debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Even getting active at the age of 60 and above has been found to help with cognitive performance.

Every year, around 10 million people are diagnosed with dementia and, worldwide, around 50 million people are living with this debilitating condition. Globally, it is one of the biggest causes of disability among older people. As life expectancy increases, particularly in medium- and low-income economies, the incidence of dementia increases, too.

Symptoms include failing memory, problems with emotional control and a general deterioration in cognitive performance, behaviour and the ability to carry out everyday activities.

ypically triggered by illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease or strokes, dementia is far more prevalent in older people, but is not considered a normal part of the ageing process.

Active minds

There may also be a link between the way you spent your working life and your risk of developing dementia as you get older.

A study led by epidemiologist Mika Kivimäki of the UK’s University College London, examined data from 107,896 participants to assess whether people with more intellectually stimulating jobs face a lower dementia risk than those working in less cognitively demanding roles. Their report, Cognitive stimulation in the workplace, plasma proteins, and risk of dementia: three analyses of population cohort studies, was published in the British Medical Journal.

It concludes that the risk of dementia in old age was: “Lower in individuals with cognitively stimulating jobs than in those with non-stimulating jobs.” While it won’t necessarily prevent dementia, mental stimulation may delay its onset by around a year and a half, the report says.

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