Use It Or Lose It

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 percent,” said Carole Dufouil, a scientist at INSERM, the French government’s health research agency.

Researchers used these records on more than 429,000 workers. They were 74 on average and had been retired for an average of 12 years.

Nearly 3 percent had developed dementia but the risk of this was lower for each year of age at retirement. Someone who retired at 65 had about a 15 percent lower risk of developing dementia compared to someone retiring at 60, after other factors that affect those odds were taken into account, Dufouil said.

To rule out the possibility that mental decline may have led people to retire earlier, researchers did analyses that eliminated people who developed dementia within 5 years of retirement, and within 10 years of it.

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睡得好 , 起得早 ;
七分饱 , 常跑跑 ;
多笑笑 , 莫烦恼 ;
天天忙 , 永不老 ;
日行五千步 , 夜眠七小时 ;


人长寿,也容易。要早睡,要早起。戒烟酒,忌暴食。无过饱, 无过饥。常沐浴,勤更衣。多运动,练身体。心要静,精要盈。勤用脑, 不烦恼。抱乐观,天天笑。种花草,养鱼鸟。常书画,乐逍遥。做到此, 寿必高。

多运动,控体重。少思虑,心安静。少吃盐,食清淡。少吃甜, 多补钙。少咖啡,多吃菜。少吃肉,多吃素。常喝茶,多吃醋。多淀粉, 少脂肪。少吃干,多喝汤。常吃虾,常吃鱼。重健康,淡名利。天天笑,容颜少。去忧愁,登高寿。