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POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 5:35pm

There are lots of reasons people may be delaying their retirement.
One may be money, but how about your health?
There are lots of things we don’t know about Alzheimer’s disease.
But we do know the results.
And researchers have been looking for ways to prevent or delay the dementia that afflicts so many.
And one may involve your job.
So, when are you planning to retire?
The latest research shows, the longer you work, the better your mental health.
The French government’s health research agency says that for every year you delay retirement, your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia go down over 3%.
In other words, someone who retired at 65 had a 15% lower chance of developing dementia than one who hung it up at 60.
Research has tended to show that the more active one stays in later years, the less the chances of developing dementia.
But the new research has now quantified just how much lower your chances are.
So, it would certainly seem that the old phrase, “use it or lose it” also applies to your brain and its health.

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