Mentally stimulating work 'reduces risk of dementia'

Continuing to work late in life can keep the mind healthy and reduce the risk of dementia, according to new research by a leading Alzheimer's charity.

The new study, conducted on behalf of the Alzheimer's Research Trust by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, suggested that those who retired later in life are generally better equipped to prolong their mental faculties.

According to the Trust, the mental and social stimulation provided by a workplace environment are key to keeping the mind healthy and active.

Andrew Scheuber, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said that while it was unnecessary for over 50s to remain in full-time employment, it was still advisable to seek out mentally engaging pursuits.

He said: "It would be a really good idea for them to get involved in perhaps voluntary work, or some other kind of socialising that would keep their brains active and reduce dementia risk."

According to Healthcare Commission figures, it is estimated that around 700,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK.

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