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Dementia 'linked to long working hours'

Dementia 'linked to long working hours'
3rd March 2009

People who work longer hours when employed may be more likely to have a raised risk of mental decline and perhaps dementia, according to a new study.

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health carried out a survey which understood that from a sample of 2,214 middle-aged British civil servants, those working over 55 hours a month had poorer mental skills than their counterparts engaging in the average working week.

Researchers said of the research: "This study shows that long working hours may have a negative effect on cognitive performance in middle age. The link between cognitive impairment and dementia later in life is clearly established."

They added that such a work-life balance has as profound an effect on the cognitive decline in older people as smoking does.

At the end of last month, the University of California discovered that music could be linked to the recalling of memories by Alzheimer's disease sufferers, noting that many can have strong flashbacks when hearing a particular song.

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