Low wages are bad for your brain in later life, new study finds

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

There is important forthcoming work in the American Journal of Epidemiology that was presented at the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® by doctoral student Katrina Kezios and  aging center faculty member Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD. Their research demonstrates that sustained low wages are associated with significantly faster memory decline. While low-wage jobs have been associated with health outcomes such as depressive symptoms, obesity, and hypertension, which are risk factors for cognitive aging, until now no prior studies had examined the specific relationship between low wages during working years and later-life cognitive functioning. The  work points to crucial implications for minimum wage policy and significant health benefits from improved earnings. For more, see this link.