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Cognitive decline is a major concern for older adults. But those who continue to socialize and challenge their brains don’t have to worry as much.

Researchers from the University of Alberta analyzed data from 882 older adults to identify factors for maintaining a healthy mind in old age.

They found that those who regularly interact with others and perform new cognitive activities, like learning a foreign language, are more likely to have a healthy memory.

This study demonstrates the importance of staying interconnected and intellectually-challenged.


University of Alberta (2019, April 10). Aging gracefully: Study identifies factors for healthy memory at any age. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved from


Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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