“For each additional year of work, the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent,” said Carole Dufouil, a scientist at INSERM, the French government’s health research agency.
These results point to the truth that work is not just a tedious necessity we cope with in order to survive; it’s a human right as well as an important and rewarding part of a full and well-balanced life. Working longer is a key way for individuals to live better and more fully and today it’s become a crucial key to society’s overall health.Dementia is a huge cost to our health care system. Some predict that it will only get more expensive as the boomers age, while others think that the rate will decrease as the population gets healthier and more educated. But either way it’s likely to cost us a significant amount of money for some time. And even when early retirement doesn’t translate into dementia, pegging federal entitlement programs to yesterday’s normal retirement ages is simply unsustainable.Delaying retirement can stave off dementia, help keep our lives rich and full, and save us tons of money. Smart retirement policy will always keep these facts in mind.[Picture of Man on Laptop from Shutterstock]