Having a paid job may protect women from memory loss decades later, according to a new study.That's because paid work may provide mental stimulation, financial benefits, and social connections that can limit the decline in memory as women age, according to Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, who led the research. It is an assistant professor of epidemiology at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health.Because women make up nearly two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer's, research suggests that prophylaxis may require more than medication or medical intervention.Policies promoting equal pay for equal work, family leave and childcare at reasonable prices," may one day be xo
part of a conversation about senile dementia. Mayeda, who presented her findings Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles.This research is preliminary and has not been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, but said Rebecca Edelmayer, director of scientific engagement at the Alzheimer's Association. "It is possible that working in the middle of life is actually preventable.role of women in the workforce and families has changed dramatically over the years," she added. "It is therefore important for us to continue to study the relevance of those changes and how they may affect women's risks associated with Alzheimer's disease.Women face a higher risk
Mayeda's team examined more than 6,000 women born between 1935 and 1956 and compiled their family and employment histories up to the age of 50.Over two decades from 1995 to 2016, women underwent regular cognitive assessments. They were asked to remember a list of words from memory, for example, and fill out a questionnaire about cognitive decline.The rates of decline in memory were similar in working mothers and non-working mothers. But memory decreased fastest in women who were not part of the workforce.For example, married mothers who did not work found memory decreased 61% faster than those with paid jobs.An even more striking difference in single mothers: their memory is 83% faster if they are not involved in a team.But that work doesn't have to be ongoing to provide protection, Mayeda said. The married mother, who took the time to take care of the children but joined the team, saw memory decline more slowly.Women who work in the workforce at least during critical periods seem to have slower memory declines than later," Mayeda said. 20 years old, 30 and 40 "
Workforce offers a 'commitment' financial benefit.
Paid jobs may provide economic benefits that affect health. Said John Rowe, professor of health policy and age at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.They are in the labor force, which means they may have health insurance, which gives them better access to care than people without health insurance," Rowe said.But work also brings people together, he said, and "There are very few jobs where you can get paid without interacting with other people.Offering "social participation" to women and allowing them to build "Social networking through work" can prevent memory loss, Mayeda said. Her findings were not surprising to Rowe, who was not involved in the study because "Involvement" has been shown to prevent cognitive decline as people get older.There is a lot of research showing that people who are engaged have better physical and cognitive well-being than people who are not," he said, adding that they may not have to be paid. But may also include volunteering.need to start looking at getting involved, paid work or volunteering as a health promotion and prevention," Rowe said. "When doctors see a patient, they shouldn't ask about blood pressure and exercise. But should also ask how the patient lives