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Mentally-Stimulating Jobs Lead To Sharp Brains After Retirement: Study

Mentally-Stimulating Jobs Lead To Sharp Brains After Retirement

To stay sharp in the next innings it is important to get the hard yards in the early part of your life, says a new study.

Researchers say people who are into mentally demanding jobs find their mind sharp even after retirement. Memory retention and mental acuity were found to be higher compared to those men who were not with such mentally stimulating roles in their careers.
Mentally-Stimulating Jobs Lead To Sharp Brains After Retirement
The best examples of such jobs are financial analysts, air traffic controllers and being a physicians.

Lead author of the study, Gwenith G Fisher, said those jobs that involve lots of thinking, analyzing, creativity, problem solving, and other complex mental processing is linked to greater levels of cognitive functioning post-retirement.

“People who were engaged in work characterized as mentally challenging scored better on a measure of cognitive [thinking] ability, both before and after retirement,” Fisher said.

The study was a joint effort of National Institute of Aging and the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Data of more than 4,000 adults were analyzed between the age group of 51 and 61 who worked in the same line for past 10 years. Researchers looked into the database of Occupational Information Network to gauge the mental challenge levels posed by each work.

It was found those people who were into the higher brackets of mentally stimulating jobs fared good in 15 years after retirement compared to those who worked in less mentally stimulating jobs.

However, researchers also added in the study that career is not only path to determine the mental strengths of an individual after retirement.

The findings have been published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

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