Promoting cognitive function and protecting against cognitive impairment and dementia is a population health priority. Some evidence suggests that participation in complex and mentally stimulating activities at work may promote cognitive gains among workers. Whether or not cognitive gains can be maintained over a long period, and possibly well in to retirement, is not well established. In this presentation, research examining the long term protective associations proposed between previous complex occupational tasks and cognitive functioning in later life is reported.
About the Speaker
Dr Anna Lane is a lifespan developmental psychologist and gerontologist with a general research interest that focuses on better understanding the psychological, social and environmental predictors of healthy ageing. currently, she is a Research Fellow with the Lee Li Ming Programme in Ageing Urbanism at LKYCIC. She is involved in a large scale, multidisciplinary project to examine the role of the built and social neighbourhood environments in shaping health and wellbeing among older Singaporeans, and is evaluating early implementation progress of the dementia-friendly communities concept in Singapore.