These 4 Jobs Go Hand in Hand with the Risk of Dementia

Jobs that involve more physical activity are consistently in demand such as farmers and livestock producers. However, a recent study published in The Lancet found that people who work more physically demanding jobs are more likely to develop dementia.

The research from the Norwegian National Centre of Ageing and the Butler Columbia Aging Center linked physically demanding jobs to a 15.5% higher dementia risk, compared to 9% for low-activity jobs. These jobs include salespeople, nursing assistants, farmers, and livestock producers.

Several factors were identified as potential contributors to this increased risk. Physically demanding jobs often involve a lack of autonomy, prolonged standing, strenuous work, rigid schedules, stress, and a higher risk of burnout. Additionally, these jobs may limit opportunities for breaks and recovery time, impacting brain health in older individuals.

On the contrary, jobs that are more cognitively stimulating, such as engineering, administration, and teaching were found to help maintain cognitive function in later life. A 2016 study listed manager, teacher, lawyer, social worker, engineer, physicist, physician, dentist, and pharmacist as gigs that promote healthy brain function.

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This study highlights the need to follow up on individuals with high lifetime occupational and physical activity as they appear to have a greater risk of developing dementia. Future research should assess how occupational physical activity and other factors relate to dementia and mild cognitive impairment risk in older ages.



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