“Professionals whose jobs require more speaking, developing strategies, conflict resolution and managerial tasks may experience better protection against memory and thinking decline in old age than their co-workers, according to a new study published in the April 29, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
“Our study is important because it suggests that the type of work you do throughout your career may have even more significance on your brain health than your education does,” said study author Francisca S. Then, PhD, with the University of Leipzig in Germany…
The study found that people whose careers included the highest level of all three types of tasks scored highest on the thinking and memory tests…Over eight years, their rate of decline was half the rate of participants with a low level of mentally demanding work tasks. Among the three types of work tasks, high levels of executive and verbal tasks were distinctively associated with slower rates of memory and thinking decline.”
Study: Click Here to access study Differential effects of enriched environment at work on cognitive decline in old age (Neurology)
- Objectives: The aim of the present study was to investigate how different mentally demanding work conditions during the professional life—i.e., enriched environments at work—might influence the rate of cognitive decline in old age.
- Conclusions: The results suggest that a professional life enriched with work tasks stimulating verbal intelligence and executive functions may help to sustain a good cognitive functioning in old age (75+ years). The findings thus emphasize that today’s challenging work conditions may also promote positive health effects.