This Is Your Brain on Retirement

Photo by BrotaBra @ Flickr

Photo by BrotaBra @ Flickr

The original idea for Online Investing AI is to help everyone retire exponentially earlier than current investment systems that are available. (See, I was nice and said “systems,” not schemes.)

Is that so wrong?

Actually, it might. Or, at the very least, that goal and our own conception of retirement may need refinement based on an article from the Amen Clinics.

The clinics, which specialize in brain optimization, report that brain scans done on active retirees show more functionality than those of retirees who are, well, really retired.

“The research team used a brain imaging technique called functional MRI to analyze the brains of 17 older female volunteers who were at high risk for age-related cognitive impairment. Nine of the women spent six months tutoring elementary school children while the other volunteers were placed on a waiting list to begin tutoring the following year.

At the end of the trial, the nine women who tutored showed improved cognitive function and their brain scans showed gains in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex compared to the women who did not participate as tutors.”

The conclusion?

“This study shows that by learning new things and keeping your brain active, you can improve cognitive function at any age.”

In other words, when you retire, you need to keep growing and keep challenging yourself. Not only does society and the economy need everyone moving us forward, but your brain deserves the attention, as well.

Retirement shouldn’t be looked on as a time to where odd sandal-white sock combinations and sit around and watch the grass grow. We should look at retirement not as a rest, but as a period of financial freedom that will allow you to become full engaged at whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. (And, obviously, you won’t be shuttered in a cube while your doing it, either.)

If you are retired, the Amen Clinics offer you a few ways to keep your brain active. They include:

  • Learning and taking classes
  • Traveling
  • Volunteering

I would like to add to that: keep reading, keep innovating, and keep laughing.

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  1. December 31st, 2009 at 06:13 | #1

    I like it, the brain is much of the human body in that it responds to stimulation and use, but withers away with neglect. Keeping yourself active improves both the quality and quantity of life.

  2. December 31st, 2009 at 06:58 | #2

    Right on, Tyler.
    I think it’s a great lesson.

  3. December 31st, 2009 at 08:15 | #3

    The average life expectancy of someone who retires is 2 years after they retire. It’s pretty much a death sentence. Unless we stimulate and exercise our body and mind (which TV does neither), we will wither away and die.

  4. December 31st, 2009 at 14:37 | #4

    Another reason why retirement is one of the most ridiculous ideas in the world. Personally I never plan on retiring.

    Thanks for the article.

  5. December 31st, 2009 at 14:47 | #5

    You’re welcome, Ryan.
    Thanks for reading.

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