It so happens to be the case that busy schedules are very helpful in keeping old people mentally sharp.
There are those who remain on the whole busy and fully functional. They have a ton of things to do on a daily basis. They just drop in bed after a tiresome day and sleep overtakes them.
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For those who are above 50 and face such a situation there is a plethora of good news. Older people who have plenty of stuff to do tend to remain sharper on a mental level. They perform better on cognition tests than their lazier counterparts.
The novel study was published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. It was a part and parcel of the most extensive research into cognition and brain function in elderly people. Those people who showed greater trends of busyness tended to have more cognitive sharpness.
They also did better on memory tests. While being busy was a hallmark of modern times, little research had been done regarding this fact of modernity. There were 330 participants in the study. They comprised men and women between 50 and 89 years of age.
The daily busyness levels of the participants were noted down and they were administered psychological tests at the end of the day. What the results showed may surprise you.
At all ages, and without regard to the educational status of the person concerned, a busy lifestyle is a salubrious thing. It not only increases the processing power of the brain but sharply skyrockets the memory bank, reasoning power and vocabulary recall of the individual.
Those who remained busy tended to have greater recall memory for specific events in their life. Meanwhile, the hypothesis that being busy directly affects cognition still needs corroboration. It is entirely possible that those people who are cognitively sharp tend to choose busier lifestyles.
The two trends tend to feed off each other. Learning about new stuff may be the real gist of the whole matter. As exposure to more experiences increases, so does the level of information processing that goes on in the brains of the individuals.
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Learning that refreshes the mind tends to have a healthy effect on cognition. Indirectly, this mental sharpness also extrapolates to a lengthier life in these busy individuals.