Did your 401K tank, leaving your nest egg looking pretty puny these days? Do you expect to have to postpone your retirement as a result?
It’s all good: A new study has found that delaying retirement lowers your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the French study determined that there was a 3 percent reduction in the risk for every year a person works past the age of retirement, according to WebMD.
The results of the study, conducted by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, was presented Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association conference in Boston. Researchers studied the health and insurance records of more than 429,000 self-employed workers, WebMD reported.
The French workers had been retired on average more than 12 years, with 2.65 percent of them having dementia.
The French researchers pointed out that the study results are in line with what WebMD called the “use-it-or-lose-it” hypothesis of brain health. In other words, when the elderly continue working they maintain social contacts and keep mentally active, helping to stymie cognitive decline.
France should be a model for the United States when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy made Alzheimer’s research a national mandate.