Low Salary Turns Brain Old Fast
Work with salary Small is not just about making a wallet worrybut again brain. A recent study found that working for low wages led to a significant decline in memory.
In summary, the research published in American Journal of Epidemiology this leads to the conclusion that low wages make a person’s brain age faster.
This Columbia University research builds on previous research that found links between low wages and symptoms of depression, obesity, and high blood pressure. All of these conditions can increase the risk of rapid cognitive decline.
“Our research provides new evidence that low wages can lead to rapid memory loss,” said study author Katrina Kezios. Find a Study.
Researchers used data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) on adults between 1992-2016. They analyzed data on 2,879 people born between 1936-1941.
Researchers define ‘low wage’ as hourly wages that are less than two-thirds of the ‘federal average’ wage in a given year.
From there, Kezios and the team divided the history of everyone’s achievements into specific categories. Among them are groups of people who have never had low wages, have had low wages for some time, and are still working for low wages during the period 1992-2004.
Researchers analyzed the relationship between wages and memory loss over the next 12 years, between 2004-2016.
As a result, compared to the group that did not pay a small amount of money, those with a small amount of money had a faster memory loss.
In particular, low-wage workers experienced cognitive aging a year earlier.
“Our research shows that social policies that promote financial well-being are beneficial for mental health,” said lead author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri.