Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too

TitleTaking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too
Publication TypeNewspaper Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKolata, G
NewspaperNew York Times
EditionLate Edition (East Coast)
Issue DateOct 11, 2010
CityNew York, N.Y.
KeywordsCross-National, Health Conditions and Status, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

While not everyone is convinced by the new analysis, published recently in The Journal of Economic Perspectives, a number of leading researchers say the study is, at least, a tantalizing bit of evidence for a hypothesis that is widely believed but surprisingly difficult to demonstrate. [...] they note, that could be because people whose memories and thinking skills are declining may be more likely to retire than people whose cognitive skills remain sharp. [...] research has failed to support the premise that mastering things like memory exercises, crossword puzzles and games like Sudoku carry over into real life, improving overall functioning. [This article references the 2010 JEP paper by Rohwedder and Willis which argues that "early retirement appears to have a significant negative impact on the cognitive ability of people in their early 60s".]

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Short TitleTaking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too
Citation Key8464