Is your job keeping you sharp for old age?
Taking that new promotion could be daunting. The demands of the position can be intimidating and taxing on the brain. But new research says that’s good for your brain.
The study, done at Colorado State University and lead by Gwen Fisher, found that challenging job positions promote cognitive ability in retirement. People who have jobs requiring data analysis and strategic planning have been proven to retain a clearer memory than those in repetitive jobs involving assembly line work or repeating tasks.
“People who were engaged in work characterized as mentally challenging scored better on a measure of cognitive [thinking] ability, both before and after retirement,” Fisher said in a statement.
Though a certain degree of memory decline is sometimes inevitable, those who had been in these engaging job positions had a much slower rate of decline.
But what about people whose jobs require fewer problem solving skills? Fisher said there are many other ways to train your brain. Reading, socializing with friends, playing board games, or volunteering are all brain training activities. These things will keep your brain in tip-top shape for years to come, experts say.
Pat Stacy Cohen, director of the Alzheimer’s Support Center for Advocate Health Care, says that conventional wisdom suggests that we should exercise our brain by engaging in activities that are novel and complex. She says the Internet has plenty of resources to keep our minds active.
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