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Will your memory decline if you retire too early?

Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too
By GINA KOLATA, Excerpts from article NY Times online.
The two economists call their paper “Mental Retirement,” and their argument has intrigued behavioral researchers. Data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline.

The implication, the economists and others say, is that there really seems to be something to the “use it or lose it” notion — if people want to preserve their memories and reasoning abilities, they may have to keep active.


Asked by tasches at 7:03 PM on Oct. 13, 2010 in Health

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  • I beleive that memory and your mind must be exercise, however I think retirement has little to do with it...genetics, health, diet, exercise, and finding things to do that keep you active and work your brain has much more to do with memory and dementia.

    Answer by romanceparty4u at 8:12 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

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    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 7:03 PM on Oct. 13, 2010