Working women may have lower risk of memory loss later in life, researchers found

Scientists at UCLA linked paid work to a lower risk of memory decline.
1:45 | 07/18/19

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Transcript for Working women may have lower risk of memory loss later in life, researchers found
We have a "Gma" health alert about women and memory loss. New research finds that working away from home could reduce the risk of decline later in life. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here. You got our attention here. Okay, big abstract presented at the current Alzheimer's conference done in UCLA and followed women over two decades with surveys then did cognitive testing on them and found women who worked and got paid to work outside of the home whether they were moms or not actually had a slower rate of cognitive decline than women who were not paid to work. So put one in the column of some good news for working women. But also come on. When you're working at home, raising your children, I mean -- there's nothing harder. I think that's harder than leaving the house. You don't get paid for it. This is not about which one is harder. This is about possible different engagement in the brain, different parts of the brain that may exist when women leave the home and interact either with adults or work just in a different environment outside the home. Now for perspective a couple of years ago data out of Australia actually showed that women and people in general who worked harder through their middle age actually had higher rates of cognitive decline so association does not prove cause and effect. We're saying not only can you lead by example and show children that women can work and contribute but it might be good for the brain. Aren't there things -- Socially engaged, you know, face-to-face, get enough sleep, mediterranean diet. Be physically active, all good for the melon. For the melon right here. I hear that.

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