The headline in The Times on 24 January reminds of the need to stay active (mind and body) in retirement. The lack of demands and stress can increase our risk of dementia.
A study which tracked 3,400 civil servants found that short-term memory declined nearly 40 per cent faster once they retired.
The only way to prevent the onset of dementia was to keep physically and mentally active and to interact with people, a team from University College London and Kings College London found.
The results, published online in the European Journal of Epidemiology, found that verbal memory, which declines naturally with age, deteriorated 38 per cent faster once volunteers had retired.
Eekk, my husband has been retired for 6 years now, and although he keeps his brain active with volunteering with the steam railway and twice weekly dance classes, is this enough?