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PSY 180 - Psychology of Aging - Textbook


Is Retirement Bad for Your Brain?

"Is Retirement Bad for Your Brain?" by Ross Andel is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Most people like the idea of retirement and many currently enjoy it. What is not to like about the extra time to travel, spend time with friends and family, or finally have enough time to truly commit to that exciting hobby? However, there may be a dark side to retirement. The talk discusses how retirement may hold hidden dangers in the form of increased risk of cognitive problems and possibly even dementia, and how we can mitigate these dangers and still enjoy the positive aspects of retirement. Ross is Professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. In his research, Ross has focused on identifying ways to slow age-related cognitive decline and reduce risk of dementia through diet, exercise, leisure activities and modifications to work environment. Ross has also been involved in research to distinguish true signs of cognitive impairment from normal cognitive aging. To date, Ross has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters.