According to the latest research by neurobiologists, individuals engaged in routine tasks have a 37% higher risk of developing dementia compared to those involved in intellectual work. Cognitive abilities decrease by 66% when we perform the same tasks daily

To avoid “falling into dementia,” scientists recommend constantly developing the brain. However, while not surprising, the statistics are alarming: if brain stimulation is minimal, the risk of developing dementia is 66%. Nearly every other person over 50 who doesn’t challenge their brain may begin to suffer from cognitive disorders, and after 70, every third person, or 37%.

Scientists note that primary school and subsequent college undoubtedly influence cognitive health quality, but do not fully compensate for the danger of subsequent routine.

“Active participation in life, maintaining purposefulness, learning new things, and remaining socially active are powerful tools for protecting against age-related cognitive decline,” said Dr. Richard Aizexon, research director at the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Florida. “Similarly, this study shows that cognitive activity at work can also have tremendous benefits in our fight against dementia,” added Aizexon, who was not involved in the new study.

Norwegians attracted particular attention from scientists, as they were monitored for most of their lives. Researchers studied over 305 individuals in Norway, among whom “routine” included actions repeated cyclically throughout the day. For instance, work at a machine or postal delivery. Other “risky” categories included domestic workers, construction workers, and caretakers.

“Teachers interact a lot with students and parents; they have to explain and analyze information. It’s not as routine as people think,” says the scientist.

Professions that require analysis, sharing experiences, and communication are less susceptible to cognitive impairment. Lawyers, doctors, and technical engineers are among the “safe” professions, but teachers are the least susceptible to cognitive distortion.

“Dementia prevention or cognitive disorder prevention is very simple,” says Zuhra Galimova, chief physician at Smart Health Clinic.
“Solve crosswords and Sudoku, learn a new language, and replace television with classic literature. Changing your lifestyle habits can also help: if you’re right-handed, learn to write, eat, and cut with your left hand and vice versa. Exercise and good sleep are components of cognitive health. People with chronic sleep deprivation are more likely to suffer from dementia. The key is not to let your brain get lazy. Chess, backgammon, and board games that require finding unconventional solutions can also help.”

However, for brain health, bodily health is crucial. Try to follow a diet, abstain from or limit alcohol and smoking, aim for sufficient sleep and rest, and, of course, always maintain a positive attitude.

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