Retiring may mean more sleep and less physical activity, but according to a new study, it may also lead to a decrease in cognitive function.
The study, which was published in the journal Neurology, followed more than 1,000 people over the course of 12 years. Participants were asked to take tests that measured their cognitive function, including memory and processing speed, at the beginning of the study and then again at the end.
While there was a slight decline in cognitive function over the 12 years, those who retired during the study period showed a more significant decline than those who did not.
The study authors say that the findings suggest that retirement may lead to a decline in cognitive function, which could in turn lead to an increased risk of dementia.
While the study does not prove that retirement causes cognitive decline, it does add to the growing body of evidence that suggests retirement may not be as good for our health as we thought.
If you’re planning on retiring soon, you may want to talk to your doctor about ways to stay mentally active and keep your cognitive function sharp.
According to a recent study, retirees are getting more sleep and doing less physical activity than when they were working. The study, which was conducted by the University of Michigan, found that retirees sleep an average of 7.5 hours per night, which is an hour more than when they were working. They also do 30 minutes less physical activity per day.
The study’s lead author, Clea M. Chromebook, commented on the findings, saying that “retirement is often thought of as a time of rest and relaxation, but our data suggests that it may also be a time when people start to pay more attention to their sleep.”
Chromebook added that the findings “support the idea that retirement can be a healthy transition, at least in terms of sleep and physical activity.”
So, if you’re feeling like you need more sleep and want to do less physical activity, retirement might be the right move for you!