From the July 2009 issue of Boomer Market Advisor • Subscribe!

Retire later, avoid dementia

Telling a boomer that working longer might ward off dementia could be the clincher that puts off retirement for good. But at least you'd be right.

Experts from King's College London published a recent study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, saying people who retired later were able to avoid Alzheimer's disease longer than people who retired earlier.

"The intellectual stimulation that older people gain from the workplace may prevent a decline in mental abilities, thus keeping people above the threshold for dementia for longer," says Simon Lovestone, one of the study's co-authors.

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