As you know, women have traditionally kept up with their family units’ places of residence and children while their husbands or otherwise live-in male counterparts have been responsible for generating income. Although this role has been long associated with women, likely throughout the bulk of human history, recent research suggests that women are better off mentally when they undertake paying jobs for large portions of their lives.
A study that was presented today, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, by Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference there in Los Angeles found that women who hold traditional, paid jobs are less likely to suffer from memory loss in their later years.
Put simply, the reasons why paid work is thought to help women’s brains stay stronger for longer than their non-working counterparts is because it stimulates their minds, offers uplifting financial advantages, and creates social bonds and interactions that are necessary for being mentally healthy.
This research is particularly important because there isn’t a large body of research surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, at least not yet. We don’t know how to cure or prevent Alzheimer’s, which is why such research is so great for society.
Research does make clear that, in order to largely prevent Alzheimer’s disease form taking hold, society might need to lean on more than medication and other forms of intervention the are popular in the modern world of medicine. Of all people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who live in the United States, roughly two-thirds of them are women.
Rayeda’s insightful research, although she and her team members believe that the research will pass peer review on its first go around, is only in a preliminary stage, meaning it hasn’t yet been submitted to or published by a trusted, independent, peer-reviewed academic or medical journal. Despite this, the Director of Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, Rebecca Edelmayer, is one of many experts who believes that working is important for good health, having recently stated, “Work in mid-life may actually be protective.”
The study consisted of looking at the histories of some 6,000 women’s employment and families, all of whom were born between 1935 and 1956. These two types of data were collected from their birth through the age of 50.
To see how their cognitions were doing, they were assessed as such from 1995 to 2016.