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Evidence suggests that desk-based jobs may lower the risk of cognitive decline

By: Riley Kleemeier

New research appearing in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests that people who work desk-based jobs may have a lower risk of cognitive decline than those who work in physically active roles.

The research was part of a long-term study involving about 30,000 participants between the ages of 40 and 79. The individuals were studied over a 12-year period, and the data collected included functions of cognition, such as attention, memory, and visual processing speed. There was also data regarding levels of physical activity in each participant.

The conclusion of the study reports that those with desk jobs or typically sedentary roles have a lower risk of cognitive decline. Furthermore, “people with life-long desk-based careers were most likely to be among the study’s top 10% of cognitive performers.”

To read more about this study, please click here.


The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

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