Mentally Engaging Careers Believed to Offset Alzheimer's

Mentally Engaging Careers Believed to Offset Alzheimer's

By: Daniel Steingold | July 24, 2016

A new study has found that choosing a career that involves complex thinking and interaction with others can help decrease one’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s later in life.

The study found that having a typical "Western" diet— eating processed and packaged foods— can still be offset by selecting a mentally stimulating career.

The jobs that were determined to protect the most against getting Alzheimer’s were being a lawyer, teacher, doctor, social worker, or engineer.

On the other hand, the jobs that provided the least protection against preventing Alzheimer’s were cashiers, laborers, grocery shelf stockers, and machine operators.

The study also found that signs of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline were more prevalent in those who worked primarily with data or objects, as opposed to people.

The jobs that were deemed to have the most social interaction that prevents against Alzheimer's includes social workers, physicians, psychologists, pastors, and school psychologists. Positions that only involve helping or taking instructions were determined to provide the least protection.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The researchers believe that their study will help with preventive care for those susceptible to Alzheimer’s in the future.

Past studies had found that physical activity decreases one’s likelihood to get Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disabilities later in life.

The study’s findings were presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Toronto.

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