Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Retirement influences verbal memory - published in the European Journal of Epidemiology

12 January 2018

brain ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=BXUEX15" target="_blank">Dr Baowen Xue and colleagues examined whether retirement can influence cognitive decline. Using the British Whitehall II occupational cohort study, they found that declines in verbal memory were 38% faster after retirement compared to before, after taking account of age-related decline. They also found that higher employment grade was protective against verbal memory decline while people were still working, but this 'protective effect' was lost when individuals retired, resulting in a similar rate of decline post-retirement across employment grades.  Open access link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-017-0347-7