have released a new study about how working longer may delay dementia.
At the Alzheimer's
Association International Conference in Boston, research is boosting the use it
or lose it theory about brain power and staying mentally sharp. East Texas News
explains how healthy choices and an active lifestyle can make all the
difference in mental health.
Wanda Wesch loves
greeting friendly faces as they come into her downtown boutique. The 72-year-old
grandmother and owner of Mama Tried opened the store in 2009, and it's just one
of the many ways she stays active after she retired.
"I retired and
stayed home for a few years and was kind of bored to death and had a lot of
depression," Wesch said.
New research shows
that people who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's
disease or other types of dementia.
Monday at the
Alzheimer's Association International Conference officials said for each
additional year of work, the risk of dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent.
"Whether you are
working to a later age or retiring, and you continue to stay active, it adds to
that idea," said Heather Snyder.
According to the
study, work keeps people physically active, socially connected, and mentally
Wesch said everyday
she opens the doors of her shop, she reaps the benefits of a healthy, active
"You keep your
mind busy and active and you've been, where god can bring people into your life
and bring joy to you and you bring joy to them," Wesch said.
About 35 million
people have dementia and there isn't a known a cure or any treatments that slow
its progression. Health officials say simple habits can lead to a healthier
puzzles, Sudoku, word searches, even exercising period helps, said Rosalind
Johnson, a speech therapist for Larkspur.
promoting activity in your brain, keeping healthy and engaged - that could
potentially decrease the onset of the symptoms, Snyder said.
Wesch says she takes
life day by day and keeps her mind active to enjoy each moment to the fullest.
"If you keep
your mind occupied and focused it brings the joy into your life," Wesch said.
Alzheimer's is the most common type of
dementia in the U.S. About 5 million people have Alzheimer's, and one in nine
are age 65 and over.
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