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    Over 40? Work less

    Seriously, working 5 days per week or more and people are still in debt and still need to work this much means....they did things wrong. I don't know how valid or sound this "study" is but the point is, in the West we're working more and more. Is this the way to live?


    People Over 40 Should Only Work 3 Days A Week, Experts Claim



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    A recent study has found that people aged over 40 perform the best when they work only three days a week.


    The researchers concluded that the cognitive performance of the middle-aged people improving as the wee increased to 25 hours a week. On the flip side, the performance decreased when the week went over 25 hours, due to the effects of fatigue and stress.


    This study, which was published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper series, involved a series of cognitive tests. It included 3,000 Australian men and 3,500 Australian women, whose work habits were analyzed. It tested the participants` ability to read words aloud and recite lists of numbers. The testing reading measured their “knowing” part of ability while the latter measured the “thinking” part of ability, including executive reasoning, abstract reasoning, and memory.
    It was concluded that the participants working 25 hours a week performed best while the results of those working 55 hours were even worse than unemployed participants.


    As noted by Professor Colin McKenzie from Keio University, one of the three authors, “Many countries are going to raise their retirement ages by delaying the age at which people are eligible to start receiving pension benefits. This means that more people continue to work in the later stages of their life.


    “The degree of intellectual stimulation may depend on working hours. Work can be a double-edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time long working hours can cause fatigue and stress, which potentially damage cognitive functions.


    “We point out that differences in working hours are important for maintaining cognitive functioning in middle-aged and elderly adults. This means that, in middle and older age, working part-time could be effective in maintaining cognitive ability.”

    The reason that working more than 30 hours a week is detrimental for your brain while working fewer hours is good is not clear yet. McKenzie describes work as a double-edged sword. “While work can stimulate brain activity, long working hours can cause fatigue and stress, which potentially damage cognitive functions. Full-time work (40 hours a week) is still better than no work in terms of maintaining cognitive functioning, but it is not maximising the positive effects of work,” he notes.


    It is worth noting that the results are likely to vary between countries, depending on the days of people take annually. It is very difficult to control all the factors which contribute to the final results of a study of this kind (including choices around the hours worked and the type of work), but this certainly makes the idea of working full-time until the age of 67 unappealing.


    The bottom line is that working full-time is highly detrimental for the brain of those aged over 40, so the government should take this into consideration and hopefully review the pension age. At this point, the state pension for a person born in 1989 begins at the age of 68, which is detrimental for the employee and unproductive for the employer.
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    https://curiousmindmagazine.com/work...tive-function/
    People aged over 40 perform best with a three-day working week, study finds | The Independent



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    Interesting that a child should comment on what grown ups ought to be doing.

    It all seems strange that someone like you would comment on work practices when you have never held a steady job in your entire life.

    Why is there no simpleton video to support this post? Did a grown up explain it for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    It all seems strange that someone like you would comment on work practices when you have never held a steady job in your entire life.
    I've had steady jobs my whole life.

    Sorry, I wasn't born to a wealthy family. I didn't win the lotto. I've always had to work during and after I graduate from university.

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    ^

    I'm with you Gramps,

    except the article should say " Work no Days at all "

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    Somehow, I don't think school would be happy if I told them I was only going to bother to make it into work 3 days a week. All very well if you are self employed and raking it it, I'm not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    I've had steady jobs my whole life.

    Sorry, I wasn't born to a wealthy family. I didn't win the lotto. I've always had to work during and after I graduate from university.
    Yeah right, but remember when you lied about being retired? I do.

    You do that a lot. Lie I mean, not retire.

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    I like my job, so a 5 day week is cool with me. I'd go mad through boredom with a 3 day work week in Mandalay!

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    Yeah I average 3 days a week, still get paid for 5 though.

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    I've never been busier.

    Mind you I wouldn't have it any other way, and I'm well rewarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    Sorry, I wasn't born to a wealthy family. I didn't win the lotto. I've always had to work during and after I graduate from university.


    I see you learned quite a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    I'm with you Gramps,

    except the article should say " Work no Days at all "
    Retire by 40. Now that is a goal worth working for....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Yeah right, but remember when you lied about being retired? I do.

    You do that a lot. Lie I mean, not retire.
    That is called....a joke.

    Playing with trolls like yourself.

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    It would suck to do "work" day in day out if you hate what your "work" has brought you. Sometimes I wonder why I'm still playing the game. Guess I'm no quitter but years from now all I've done to this point will pay dividends on down the road. The basement on this one is quare and I just paid Sal 8500 for the roof and dormers. To think I used to do that shit for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa
    That is called....a joke.
    No it was a lie.

    And when called on it you lied some more. Because that's what you do, you lie.

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    Maybe people over 40 are more confident and tend to put up with less BS. So if the job is monotonous they tend to get "distracted" quicker.

    One would think being younger and thinking about sex every 12 seconds, or whatever it is, would be worse for productivity.

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    Personally its about balance. Working 2, 3, 5 days is moot. If you like what you do then you would work 7 if it was fun. I had a few jobs where I gladly worked 6 days when the company was rapidly growing and when it went public we were all rewarded big time with our stock. I was also younger and hungry as well. At one point in my career I joined a Semiconductor company that had a 3/4- 4/3 work schedule. I really liked it. Lots of time off with my daughters.

    That aside as we age personal freedom becomes far more important then work and money (Where I am at in my life). I know many fear not having a structured work life where people tell them what to do and when to do it or they need it to validate themselves with their friends. Those are the folks that work until they die.

    Its all about personal choices.

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    I don't whore myself out anymore, It's more like prostitution. If they quit paying I stop letting them ........



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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    No it was a lie.

    And when called on it you lied some more. Because that's what you do, you lie.
    You're off-topic - again.

    You're following me around - again.

    And as for calling me a liar - you made a bet against a poster here in public and vowed never to return to this forum if you lost this wager - but you did come back.

    You are the ultimate liar. You are the utmost fraud. A hypocrite.

    You have lost your word in front of us all.


    Good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Personally its about balance
    yep. bank balance

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    CP will always work hard at telling fibs. Sadly for him that doesn't pay very well, especially if you're shit at it like he is.
    Fancy telling folk on here you went to uni. Janitor maybe, graduate, I think not.

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    I retired at 56. Way too early.
    Boredom gets in the way of living life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    yep. bank balance
    A part of it for sure Dil

    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    I retired at 56. Way too early.
    Boredom gets in the way of living life.
    I found that people that got bored had no real plan or hobbies. They only knew work and life in weekends.

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    I was actually busier retired than working, with hobbies, volunteer work and staying fit. Just not as stimulating overall.

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