Navigation Links
Demanding Jobs May Pay Cognitive Dividends in Retirement
Date:5/9/2008

Intellectual demands reap mental benefits regardless of age or education, study finds

FRIDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Having an intellectually demanding job that nurtures thinking abilities may result in better cognitive abilities during retirement, regardless of intelligence, education level or age, a Duke University Medical Center study suggests.

"Our society is expected to live and work longer than previous generations, so we sought to understand how an individual's occupation affected cognition later in life," study author Guy Potter, an assistant professor of psychiatry, said in a prepared statement.

The study included 1,036 male twins who were given a test to determine their general learning abilities when they joined the U.S. military in the early 1940s. The participants had follow-up assessments of their cognitive status every three or four years after they were in their 60s.

The Duke researchers found that cognitive benefits associated with intellectually demanding jobs were greatest among people who had lower scores on intelligence tests in their youth, while physically demanding work was associated with a decrease in cognitive performance later in life.

The study was published in the May issue of Neurology.

"Although the intellectual and physical demands of an individual's job are not the largest factors influencing cognitive performance as we age, this study illustrates how a number of smaller influences like these can accumulate over the life span to have a positive or negative effect on brain health in later life," Potter said. "Unlike age or intellect, job demands are something that an individual can potentially modify to optimize their cognitive reserve."

"Most of us spend a significant portion of our adult life at work, and we may actually be benefiting from the intellectual demands placed upon us," he added.

Potter and his colleagues made special mention about the finding that manual labor may be associated with poorer cognitive performance later in life.

"Physical exertion has health benefits in its own right. It is important for people to find a place for both mental and physical activity in their lives, and for researchers to offer insights about how this can best be achieved," Potter said.

More information

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging offers cognitive vitality tips for older adults.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Duke University, news release, May 5, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mindray Selects Actel Low-Power Flash FPGAs for Demanding Medical Equipment Applications
2. Men More Likely to Develop Cognitive Problems
3. Exercise Could Cut Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment
4. Omega-3 intake during last months of pregnancy boosts an infant’s cognitive and motor development
5. Redox-active iron is a sensor of cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimers disease
6. Cognitive Impairment Declining in Older Adults
7. Marijuana Use Among MS Patients Raises Risk for Cognitive, Mood Problems
8. Brain region that can be stimulated to reduce the cognitive deficits of sleep deprivation identified
9. Older surgical patients at greater risk for developing cognitive problems
10. Rhode Island Hospital to study driving ability of cognitively impaired elders
11. Hypertension Linked to Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Ronald E. Hawkins, vice ... appointment of Peter A. Bell, DO, MBA, HPF, FACOEP-dist., FACEP, as the new ... 10. Dr. Bell comes to Liberty from the Ohio University Heritage College of ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... With millions of Americans and people ... we all are aware of our options and are empowered with strength and ... launch of its newest edition of "Vision and Hearing" in USA Today, that ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... With ProGlass Prism users now have the ... have total control over position, rotation, distortion, edge softness, edge blur, chromatic aberration, individual ... X. , With ProGlass Prism users are given the tools and effects to ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) ... You See” body image mannequin art competition. Selected from 15 submissions from around the ... revealed at the 31st annual iaedp Symposium, March 22 – 26 in Las Vegas. ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Rosica Communications, a national ... , media relations, social media, content marketing and SEO, is now offering direct, ... an intuitive marketing automation platform. , Rosica will now offer the platform to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... February 24, 2017 Following receiving ... Israel , s AMAR is a major ... 250 M w ound care market in ... BST for inclusion in the National Health Basket ...   E-QURE Corp. (OTCQB: EQUR), a leader ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... present at the Cowen and Company 37 th ... Place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:20 a.m. ... the presentation can be accessed at http://wsw.com/webcast/cowen38/zbh .  ... conference via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... DUBLIN , Feb 24, 2017 Research and ... and Strategies - 2016" report to their offering. ... The latest research Hemophilia Drugs Price Analysis ... global Hemophilia market. The research answers the following questions: ... their clinical attributes? How are they positioned in the Global Hemophilia market? ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: