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Your Job Could Be Protecting Your Brain from Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Michelle Kelley on Jul 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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The job that you have might be one of the many things that’s protecting you from Alzheimer’s disease. One study found that people whose jobs are more mentally challengingthat is, jobs that require a lot of complex thinkingare less likely to suffer from cognitive problems later in life. This study also found that more social jobs, where people worked directly with other people rather than with computers or through computers, were more likely to protect the brain as well.

Researchers looked at several different mental demands while analyzing participants of the study. Participants’ ability to analyze data, develop strategies, evaluate information, make decisions, solve problems, and think creatively were all closely assessed through neuropsychological tests.

Jobs that required people to be constantly alert and problem-solving, such as those in the medical field, financial world, and air traffic control, were found to be some of the least likely to experience mental decline after retirement. Other risk factors, such as a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking excess alcohol, were found to contribute to cognitive decline.

 

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Michelle Kelley

Written by: Michelle Kelley

Michelle Haigler Kelley is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She and her husband Shane live in Pike Road with their daughters. She graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery and began her career in the senior care industry as an Activity Director before obtaining her Alabama Assisted Living Administrator License in 2014. “I have truly found my calling in life to work with our seniors. After all, they are considered the greatest generation,” says Michelle. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the lake.