Does retirement have a negative impact on memory function?

The New York Times reports:

Data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline…

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.


The article is available for free here (PDF).


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