Th-OR-S9-3 - Social Relations At Work And The Risk Of Dementia: A 29-Year Follow-Up In The Copenhagen Male Study

Coping and social support
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Coping and social support
Social relations at work and the risk of dementia: a 29-year follow-up in the Copenhagen Male Study
K. Ishtiak-Ahmed 1,*, Å.  Marie Hansen 1, A.  Helene Garde 2, R.  Lund 1, F. Gyntelberg 2, K. Nabe-Nielsen  1
1Section of social medicine, Dept. of Public Health,, University of Copenhagen, 2National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark
Content: Purpose
The current evidence suggests a harmful effect of poor social relations in private life on cognitive function and risk of dementia. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether also social relations at work are associated with incident dementia in old age.
We analyzed data from 1,637 men from the Copenhagen Male Study. Participants were followed from January 1986 to December 2014. Information on dementia diagnoses was extracted from Danish registers. Social relations at work were measured with the questions: “How satisfied are you with your immediate supervisor?”, “Do you have the opportunity to be in contact with your coworkers during the working hours?”, and “Do you get along with your workmates?”. We applied a Poisson model for our statistical analyses.
13.9% men were diagnosed with dementia during follow-up. In our preliminary analyses we controlled for age, education and calendar year. Not having the opportunity to be in contact with coworkers was associated with an increased incidence of dementia (HR=1.71; 95% CI; 1.12-.62)).
The study population only included males. In the preliminary analyses we did not adjust for other work factors.
Research implications
Our results partially support the hypothesis of an effect of poor social relations at work and dementia.  
Originality/ Value
Only very few previous studies have investigated the association between social relations at work and dementia. In this prospective study we had the rare opportunity of following the participant for up to 29 years. 

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