Healthy Living

The Role of Mental Activity in Preventing or Delaying Alzheimer's

What does this mean for older adults?

The director of medical and scientific operations for the Alzheimer’s Association, Heather Snyder, says that these new findings do not mean that everyone should put off retirement. For many adults, it is possible that by the time retirement rolls around they are no longer physically able to work, or perhaps, after 45 plus years on the job they simply want a break. So, what does this research mean for this group of people? Snyder says that, "It's more staying cognitively active, staying socially active, continue to be engaged in whatever it is that's enjoyable to you." She explains that while her own parents have retired, they are extremely busy. They take classes at a university and find numerous ways to stay cognitively and socially engaged.