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Alzheimer's Disease Lifestyle

Link Between Retirement Age and Alzheimer’s Risk

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Posted on Aug 16, 2013, 6 a.m.

Retirees who stop working relatively late in life may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

A growing body of evidence suggests clear health benefits of maintaining cognitive and social stimulation in seniors.  Carole Dufouil, from INSERM (France), and colleagues completed analysis of a French healthcare insurer's records involving 430,000 pensioners as of December 2010, finding that for each year after age 60 at which a person retired, the risk of subsequently developing Alzheimer's disease was lower by 3.2%.  After adjusting for certain other risk factors, individuals retiring at 65 were 14.6% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those retiring at 60 years of age. 

Dufouil C, et al. "Older age at retirement is associated with decreased risk of dementia: Analysis of a healthcare insurance database of self-employed workers" [Abstract O2-13-01].  Presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, 16 July 2013.

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