Published On: Fri, May 20th, 2016

Busy lifestyle improve mental functioning



Doing something is better than sitting idle even in the older age when you have nothing to do. You can read and write on different topics and even if you are not educated then perform many activities. So if you are above 50 and remain wearily busy then it is good. A new research study has stated that older adults who have a busy daily lifestyle tend to have better mental functioning than their less busy peers.

The results illustrated that at any age, and in spite of education, a busier lifestyle can direct to better processing pace of the brain, working memory, analysis, and glossary.

Sara Festini, who is the lead author and postdoctoral researcher at University of Texas in the US, stated that “We show that people who report greater levels of daily ‘busyness’ tend to have better cognition — especially with regard to memory for recently learned information,” in addition, the busier an individual is, the better can be his/her episodic memory — the capability to remember particular occasions in the past.

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Busy people are probable to have many chances to study as they are contacted with more details and run into a wider variety of states in everyday life. Though, it is furthermore likely that people with good mental functioning look for a busier lifestyle, or that busyness and cognition strengthen each other — consequential in mutual intensification — the researchers added.

To conduct the research study— which was cited in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience — the research team surveyed 330 healthy women and men aged amid 50 and 89. The participants play a part in a long series of neuropsychological tests to gauge their cognitive performance.

Festini further stated that “Living a busy lifestyle appears beneficial for mental function, although additional experimental work is needed to determine if manipulations of busyness have the same effect,”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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