Should people over 40 work a three-day week?
While some work is good for your brain, doing more than 60 hours a week into your 40s is worse than doing nothing, according to a recent survey
Working full-time after the age of 40 is not good for the brain. Doing more than three days a week once you reach this age can damage your ability to think.A paper from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research says that, while working up to 30 hours a week is good for the brains of the over-40s, do any more than that and it goes downhill. If you were to work 60 hours a week, your cognitive ability would be worse than that of someone who didn’t work at all. Still, on the plus side, you would have more money than them.
The researchers used data from more than 3,000 men and 3,500 women who completed the national Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (Hilda)survey. The survey tested the ability to read words aloud, recite lists of numbers and match letters and numbers in a speed trial. [Read more]