The advance of Alzheimer’s disease could be slowed by working past normal retirement age, a study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has suggested.
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, looked at 382 men with early indications of Alzheimer’s.
Study leader Michelle Lupton said the findings indicated a link between later retirement age and delayed symptoms of dementia.
Dr Susanne Sorensen from the Alzheimer’s Society said the results could be down to the fact that men who retired early often did so because of health conditions that increased the risk of dementia, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or diabetes.
But she also suggested that working helped keep the mind and body active, which might reduce risk of the condition.
‘The best way to reduce your risk of dementia is to combine keeping physically active with eating a balanced diet and getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly,’ she said.
‘One million people will develop dementia in the next 10 years. Investing in research into how to prevent dementia is vital if we are to defeat this devastating condition.’