Neuroscientists at the University of Alberta have identified a new method to boost memory among sexagenarians and septuagenarians. Memory loss is a common experience among people over 55. A new research concentrates on identifying factors to maintain healthy memory. It focuses on prevention of Alzheimer’s disease through early intervention practices.
The research findings confirm, amount of engagement in cognitive activities is one of the biggest indicators to determine the state of human memory. As per the study, healthy memory was more conspicuous among women. This group was also found to be more educated, and more engaged in social and cognitive activities. The team of experts also inferred that having a healthy memory was often associated with higher body mass index, and lower heart rate. These adults engaged themselves in frequent self-maintenance activities, and were surrounded by living companions. A positive discovery was also observed among adults over 75 with healthy memory, they had a faster gait and tended to go through fewer symptoms of depression. In contrast, adults with deteriorating memory had higher heart rates and lesser engagement in cognitive activities.
The team of experts is bound to make productive use of these inferences by targeting specific groups and directing them towards increased engagement in cognitive activities. Through this intervention they hope to delay dementia and neurodegenerative diseases.