𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 (𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝘁): 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻.
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In one of his most recent blogs, he highlighted the topic of work. Hard work that is. And how it relates to the #GreatResignation we’re currently experiencing.
“In short, if your work is challenging, stimulating, demanding, and involves high levels of responsibility, the mental workouts you give your brain each day may help safeguard you against what is probably the medical condition most feared as people grow older: dementia.”
And a study out of the UK concluded the following:
- First, people whose jobs are highly mentally stimulating wind up with a lower risk of dementia in their later years than those doing less stimulating work.
- Perhaps even more important, there’s support for the idea that the nature of the work might help contribute to the lower rate of dementia, rather than simply reflecting a correlative relationship.
The study also suggests that people with cognitively stimulating jobs have a lower risk of dementia in old age than those with nonstimulating jobs.
A possible mechanism for this association is the finding that cognitive stimulation is associated with lower levels of plasma proteins that might inhibit axonogenesis and synaptogenesis and increase dementia risk in old age.
What that means in practical terms is that having a job that requires you to use your brain constantly under the right kinds of conditions can lead to a lower likelihood of brain difficulties later in life.
What are the right kinds of conditions? The researchers listed 2 main factors:
- Cognitive stimulation, which basically involves demanding tasks and requirements
- High “job decision latitude,” also characterized as “job control”
Less demanding jobs with less control were linked to a higher degree of dementia.
First, it’s an argument in favor of finding and keeping the most challenging job you can—obviously, “challenging” in a positive sense of the word.
Next, it’s an argument in favor of continuing to work—perhaps even giving up the notion of traditional retirement.
Again, nobody is saying to tough it out in a role that doesn’t hold your attention or challenge you in a positive way. But given the sheer degree to which so much of our society seems to view working life as a vehicle designed simply to get you to retirement, maybe this kind of research suggests there’s another, healthier path.
Read the full article: https://www.understandably.com/p/tough-work-if-you-can-get-it
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