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Occupational activity and cognitive aging: a case-control study based on the maastricht aging study.
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PMID:  22540385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Background/Study Context: Occupational activity is associated with cognitive functioning in older age. The mental exercise hypothesis attributes this association to differences in mental exercise at work. Methods: A case-control design was used to test the mental exercise hypothesis. Primary and secondary school teachers (aged between 25.29 and 79.01 years) and non-teacher controls were matched for level of occupation, educational level, age, and gender. Regression analyses were used to analyze the data. Possible confounders (such as precareer intelligence and depressive status) were taken into account. Results: Teachers had superior verbal fluency and working memory scanning abilities. Conclusion: The results are in line with the mental exercise hypothesis.
Authors:
Wim Van der Elst; Martin P J Van Boxtel; Jelle Jolles
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental aging research     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1096-4657     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp Aging Res     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603335     Medline TA:  Exp Aging Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-29     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
a School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS), and European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON), Maastricht University , Maastricht , The Netherlands.
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