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Recessions during working life may lead to later cognitive decline

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 21 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6966
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

More evidence that work is good for mental wellbeing comes from a study that found that people who live through economic recessions may have worse cognitive decline in later life, brought on by redundancy, enforced part time work, and lower paid and lower status jobs.

To examine whether recessions during working life affect cognitive function, researchers analysed data on 12 000 people in 11 countries who took part in the representative Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). This looks at the health, employment, and social conditions of Europeans aged 50 years …

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