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5.30.08

Lifewatch: Stress

MASSACHUSETTS -- Sometimes having too much to do can stress you out and be unhealthy.  But, keeping busy is actually good for your memory.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data collected from 16,000 people over the age of 50.

They found those who were the least socially integrated experienced memory decline twice as fast as those who had the most social interaction.

The social association was strongest for those with less than 12 years education.

According to researchers, increasing social activities for the elderly could help slow memory decline among the growing aging population.

Researchers also said the results were not due to reverse causation, meaning poor memory did not cause participants to become isolated.

 

Reported by Kristy Ondo

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