Memory loss raises retirement questions

06 January 2012

An article published today in the British Medical Journal raises questions about the age that memory facilities, mental dexterity and brain power can begin to fail. ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan says this could have implications for the age of retirement.

The article argues that memory loss can begin from the age of 45, much lower than previously thought. The ten-year study found that there was a ‘3.6% decline in men and women aged 45 to 49. Men aged 65 to 70 showed a decline of 9.6%, and women 7.4%’.

‘Following on from this article, we have raised the issue with the Rail Safety and Standards Board,’ Mick says. ‘At this stage we are asking questions rather than specifying problems. But we have asked for the RSSB’s view about such issues as the implications for the recruitment of staff in their ‘40s and what the implications might be for the retention of train drivers over the age of 65.’

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