Retire Early and Risk Losing Your Mind

Data from the United States and 12 European countries, according to a paper by two economists, suggest that the earlier you retire, the more quickly your memory declines. This supports the theory that if you wish to keep your memory and reasoning ability, you may have to keep active.

Not everyone is convinced by analysis, but leading researchers say the study is a step towards proving an idea that is widely believed to be true, but which has been difficult to demonstrate.

According to the New York Times:

“The researchers find a straight-line relationship between the percentage of people in a country who are working at age 60 to 64 and their performance on memory tests. The longer people in a country keep working, the better, as a group, they do on the tests when they are in their early 60s.”

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