New research has revealed that the more you are socially active at the age of 50s and 60s the lower is the risk of developing dementia later on.
Professor at University College London, and the lead author of the research, Gill Livingston, stated that socially active people are polishing their cognitive skills like language and memory, which might help them in developing cognitive reserve. While this might not stop their brains from changing, the cognitive reserve has the capability of helping people cope better with the effects of age and postpone any symptoms of dementia.
Data was extracted from the “Whitehall II” study for the research which got published in the journal PLOS Medicine, where around 10,000 participants were tracked and asked on 6 occasions between 1985 and 2013 about their frequency of social contact with relatives and friends.
For the analysis, the focus of the research team was the relationships of the participants between social contact at age fifty, sixty, and seventy, respectively, and succeeding incidence of dementia, and whether there was any cognitive decline linked with social contact, after accounting for other factors such as marital status, employment, education, and socioeconomic status.
It was found by the researchers that the amplified social contact at the age of 60 has a linked with a considerably lower risk of developing dementia later in life.
It was shown by the analysis that someone who interacted with friends every day at the age of 60 had 12 percent lesser chances of developing dementia than someone who interacts or sees his friends every few months.
A similar strong association was found by the researchers at the age of fifty and seventy and subsequent dementia.
Livingston added that the more time spent with friends, the better it will be for mental wellbeing.