Delaying Retirement Will Keep You Smarter, Longer

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There are a lot of reasons to delay retirement — and researchers have uncovered a new one.

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Money is a big reason not to retire early, but now we know it’s not the only one. A new French study of nearly half a million people shows postponing retirement actually reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, The Associated Press says. France has done some of the world’s best research on the disease.

“For each additional year of work, the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent,” lead researcher Carole Dufouil told the AP.

The average participant in the study was 74 and had been retired for 12 years. About 3 percent had dementia, but someone who retired at 65 had a 15 percent lower risk than someone retiring at 60.

The key isn’t necessarily working, Dufouil says. It’s about staying cognitively and socially active, something a work environment helps immensely with. So if you’re financially set and ready to have lots of fun instead, more power to you.

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  • SkySailor

    I wonder if later retirement helps prevent Alzheimer’s or if it is that people become inactive and socially detached. To stay healthy in retirement you have to stay physically fit, mentally sharp and socially active. There are many things you can do beyond remaining in your job such as travel, engage in various hobbies, volunteer or even work part time. There are many articles on the web about staying physically and mentally fit when aging. I just checked out the site retirementandgoodliving that has posts and pages on all these areas as well as many other retirement related topics. Very informative site.