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.