Socially active people at 60s can reduce dementia

According to a new study people who used to be more socially active in their 50s and 60s could have a lower risk of developing dementia in later ages.

The study, published in the latest edition PLOS Medicine, provided the most robust evidence to date that social contact earlier in life could play an important role in preventing dementia.

The research team from University College London (UCL) studies 10,228 participants who had been asked on six occasions between 1985 and 2013 about their frequency of social contact with friends and relatives.The participants also completed cognitive testing from 1997 on wards to see if they were ever diagnosed with dementia.

The researchers found that increased social contact at age 60 is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing dementia later in life. Those who saw friends almost daily at age 60 was 12 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who only saw one or two friends every few months.


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