Retaining high levels of social activity in later life could reduce the brain injury that accompanies age, research has shown.
A study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society revealed that undertaking social activities such as visiting friends, going to church and attending parties could keep the brain healthy in old age.
Research leader Bryan James said that while it is right to think that a person is less likely to socialise if they have reduced cognitive abilities, the findings indicate that social inactivity leads to impairments in the brain.
He continued that one possible explanation for the development of cognitive problems is that: "Social activity challenges older adults to participate in complex interpersonal exchanges, which could promote or main efficient neural networks in a case of 'use it or lose it.'"
This follows a study carried out at Concordia University which found that older people experience a reduction in learning and memory as their minds are "cluttered" with irrelevant information.
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