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Socializing appears to delay memory problems

-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC

A new study published in The American Journal of Public Health shows that socialization, through friends and family, can preserve a healthy brain as we age. Harvard researchers studied adults in the U.S. ages 50 and older, giving them memory tests every two years. The findings showed that adults who volunteered and remained in contact with friends and family had a much slower memory decline than those who lived in isolation. Lisa F. Berkman, senior author of the Harvard study, says, “The working hypothesis is that social engagement is what makes you mentally engaged.” Dr. Berkman believes this is particularly important for caregivers to note, because many caregivers believe that simply being there for an aging loved one is enough, but it’s not. “It’s not about support,” she says, “it’s about being completely engaged and participating in our society.”

This study directly supports Home Care Assistance’s, Balanced Care Method™, based on the Okinawa Centenarian study, which seeks to capture some of the lifestyle factors that go towards creating such long-lived and healthy people.  Stressing moderation and variety, components include:

•    Healthy Diet
•    Physical Activity
•    Sharp Minds
•    Social Ties
•    Calmness and Purpose

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