While I have written about the importance of having a job, it was highlighted in the paper on the 30th April, how it can protect us from dementia. It is said that having a career, with all that is involved in it, has more significance on our brain health than our education does.
Those with high level careers, had better retention levels than those in not so demanding jobs. Their memory is likely to last longer as they get older.
The people who are out of work at the moment possibly don't have the opportunities to use their skills to benefit them, healthwise.
Those who find themselves without a job at the moment may possibly be finding it hard as they are used to thinking at a different level during the day, but also the art of conversation can be lost while not working.
It can be hard not having a job and then the incentive goes to look for one, as those who are older are finding that positions are being given to those who are younger.
I myself have found it hard over the years not working, I miss the interaction with colleagues and a place in society.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not at home all day doing nothing I go out at least two days a week, volunteering at an old peoples home, which I have mentioned before in previous blogs.
What has helped me over the past year is actually writing the blogs and having to think of how to bring my ideas out.
Looking through the newspapers every day and sometimes finding an article that gets me going so I put pen to paper, I have found I needed that stimulation, there is the saying " If you don't use it you lose it", the power of thought.
Research has found that those who are over 75 happen who have had high powered careers in teaching, law, medical and architecture and when they are either unemployed, or retired they are less likely to get dementia, as their minds are inclined to be active.
There has been research on people who regular exercise can cut the risk of dementia. It also stated that doing crosswords, playing cards and computer work can stave off dementia.
Each one of us has the capacity to do something to keep the mind active, particularly those who don't have employment at the moment. Adrienne mentioned on one of her blogs how she had updated her CV by doing courses to enable her to get back into work. This has kept her mind active and possibly learnt new skills. By doing this for ourselves it helps us to keep our minds active, and keeping up to date
There is of course the means of financing these courses which is not easy for some people.
There is the importance of social interaction, either on a social or professional dimension, not having the skills to be able to work in society today may lead to some people developing dementia as the mind needs to be active and by having interaction is important.
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