By the end of the summer, many have already returned to work or are preparing to do so. Generally, after an initial emotional impact due to the change of daily life, you get used to the work routine quite quickly. Our work and the people we come in contact with for most of the day deeply affect our physical and mental well-being. For example, recently we have been concerned with the kind of people to surround ourselves with to make us feel good. In the workplace, we cannot always choose the people to spend the day with and this affects our life on many levels. Not all jobs are the same and each of us is challenged in a different way, based on our skills and experience.
However, one type of work can be essential to avoid some fairly common problems in old age. In fact, those who do these types of jobs are lucky because they help reduce the risk of dementia. A recent study reveals it to us.
Pathology and cognitive stimulation
The WHO points out that in the world there are about 50 million people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a number destined to rise in the coming years. An analysis carried out by researchers and published in the prestigious Lancet journal (Livingston G et al, 2020), lists numerous risk factors that can lead to dementia in later life. Just to name a few: obesity, air quality, hypertension, diabetes, hearing loss, low education but also certain drinks, smoking and depression. In other words, our lifestyle reverberates on our health in old age.
Another factor that should be taken into consideration for what has been said so far is the level of cognitive stimulation. We will explore this aspect in the next paragraph. Working on these risk factors, according to the aforementioned study, could cut dementia cases by nearly half.
Lucky those who do these types of jobs because they help decrease the risk of dementia
In a recently published study (Kivimäki M et al, 2021), researchers sought to understand whether doing cognitively stimulating work could have an impact on the onset of dementia.
Researchers found that people who do more mentally stimulating jobs have a significantly lower risk of developing dementia later in life. This discovery led them to conclude that such cognitive stimulation could delay the onset of symptoms.
Additionally, they found that increased cognitive stimulation at work is associated with lower levels of dementia-related proteins. There would therefore be a biological mechanism, not yet fully understood, that links cognitive stimulation with the decrease in dementia.
According to what has been said, therefore, each of us should always look for new stimuli, even in the workplace, to delay future cognitive impairment.
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