Cognitive Reserve: the Benefits of Mentally Challenging Occupations and Bilingualism (Daily Mail / Neurology / CMAJ / Neuropsychology)

Summary

Research published in the Neurology journal suggests that having a challenging occupation can potentially halve the rate of decline in memory and thinking capacity in later life, compared to pursuing mentally undemanding work. Workers performing complex jobs (such as doctors, lawyers, architects and teachers) tend to be at lower risk of dementia in later life.

Full Text Link

Reference

Hope, J. (2015). Having a challenging job could prevent dementia: it helps keep brain active and slows the rate of decline in memory and thinking, study says. London: Daily Mail (Newspaper), April 29th 2015.

This relates to:

Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).

Reference

Then, FS. Luck, T. [and] Luppa, M. [et al] (2015). Differential effects of enriched environment at work on cognitive decline in old age. Neurology. April 29th 2015. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

Possibly also of interest, concerning survival statistics:

Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).

Reference

Massimo, L. Zee, J. [and] Xie, SX. [et al] (2015). Occupational attainment influences survival in autopsy-confirmed frontotemporal degeneration. Neurology. April 22nd 2015. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

More on Bilingualism

Other international studies have indicated that speaking a second language may delay dementia by up to five years. The following article may be of interest:

Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).

Reference

Strauss, S. (2015). Does bilingualism delay dementia? CMAJ. April 21st 2015; 187(7): E209-10. [Epub ahead of print].

Possibly also of interest:

Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).

Reference

Guzmán-Vélez, E. [and] Tranel, D. (2015). Does bilingualism contribute to cognitive reserve? Cognitive and neural perspectives. Neuropsychology. January 2015, 29(1), 139-50.

Advertisements

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
This entry was posted in For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), In the News, International, Quick Insights, Statistics, UK, Universal Interest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s