Alzheimer’s Association Uncovers a New Way to Fight Mental Decline

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Alzheimer’s Association
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Recruiter Scott Robarge possesses decades of experience finding and attracting top talent within the technology sector. He founded Another8 in 2010, and continues to lead the growing talent acquisition firm. Alongside his professional endeavors, Scott Robarge supports the efforts of community and health organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association.

New research presented at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggests an unconventional way to improve mental resilience and stave off Alzheimer’s. Scientists have found that individuals who do complex work with the public as part of their job are less likely to experience cognitive decline as they age.

Some people experience white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), which are diseased white spots that show up on brain scans. These contribute to mental decline, and are commonly found in people with Alzheimer’s and similar conditions. However, some people develop WMHs, but never manifest symptoms of mental decline. According to researchers, these people are disproportionately likely to work in mentoring, counseling, or similar fields where complex social engagement is key. Diet seems to be a compounding variable, and more research is needed to make use of this interesting development.

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How Social Media Continues to Change Recruiting and Hiring

Social Media

Social Media

 

Another8 founder Scott Robarge recruits top talent for early to mid-stage tech companies throughout the United States. In recent years, Scott Robarge has increasingly shifted his efforts to social media, and continues to remain apprised of developments in social media and networking technology.

Social media allows for creativity in recruiting. Nearly all recruiters rely on Facebook and LinkedIn, but the savviest professionals are finding success with more casual chat oriented outlets such as WhatsApp and Snapchat. Data suggests that contacting a candidate on his or her favorite platform is much more successful than a one-off message on LinkedIn or an unsolicited email.

These more intimate forms of social media are valuable for building a rapport and making a workplace seem appealing. Businesses can live stream a corporate event or send Snaps of a fun morning meeting. These tools allow companies and recruiters to share a little taste of the corporate culture, which can help attract compatible candidates.