Brain Stimulating People-Oriented Jobs may Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease


Published Date : Jul 25, 2016

As per studies conducted by the researchers in the University of Wisconsin's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, brain challenging jobs, particularly the ones that are targeted on individuals may help protect an individual’s mind from the age-related dementia. To elaborate, the individuals working in jobs that test the intellect of a person are easily able to bare the impacts of brain lesions usually associated with the Alzheimer’s disease, as per the research conducted by these researchers.

This especially holds true if an individual is working for a company that demands complicated social interactions instead of working independently for analyzing data. As said by the lead researcher, named Elizabeth Boots, individuals are more complicated than things or data and hence the interactions amongst human beings need more power of brain in comparison to working on a computer data or operating a machinery.

In addition, a number of researchers in Toronto, Canada, also stated that socially active individuals having higher education as well as mentally taxing work are at a lower risk of age-related decline of the brain. This is inspite of these people indulging in a bad diet that otherwise made them more prone to dementia. 

In this study, the brain scans for 284 healthy individuals at an average age of 60 were done and researchers searched for bright spots within the brain indicating minute lesions that were triggered by micro-strokes. These lesions have emerged as the third-most common type of physical symptom related with the disease of Alzheimer’s, post protein tangles and plaques.  So the skills utilized in a job environment play a vital role in lowering the risk of this disease. 

In the later stages of this research, around 2800 individuals were put into 3 different brain training classes. The first group received memory training, the second one received training on reasoning skills, and the third one emphasized on training to increase the brain speed. After a decade, researchers came to the conclusion that the group undertaking brain speed processing classes encountered a 33% reduction in dementia or new cases of decline of the brain. 

On the other hand, the people who took reasoning or memory classes didn’t exhibit a remarkable difference post 10 years. Research is still being carried on the quantity of training in order to receive more benefits.