Challenging Jobs May Protect Against Memory Loss

Seniors who worked at jobs that involved challenging tasks had a slower rate of memory loss and cognitive decline.

Challenging work tasks may benefit brain health, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.

Researchers tested 1,054 people over the age of 75 on their memory and thinking skills every year and a half throughout the duration of their study, which lasted for eight years. Researchers also asked participants about their previous work tasks — and each task was considered either an executive, verbal, or fluid task.

For example, an executive task refers to participants evaluating and interpreting information, whereas a fluid task refers to participants analyzing data.

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