Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2010
The "R" Word
Use It or Lose It?

Retirement may actually dull a person’s cognitive skills, according to a multinational study conducted by researchers in the U.S., England and several other European countries. It’s a theory that comes with a fair amount of controversy, but the scientists involved in the study suggest that the younger people are when they retire is linked to how quickly their memories decline.

An article titled “Mental Retirement,” published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, outlines the potential “use it or lose it” relationship between retirement and cognitive ability. The article can be found at http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/jep.24.1.119


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