Volunteering, Living Alone Linked to Better Cognitive Function in Older Women
Although past studies have shown that social relationships are important during the aging process, new research suggests that cognitive benefits may differ between types of social roles — at least in older women. More research from the Australian Women's Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP) showed that, as expected, meaningful activities, such as volunteerism, were significantly associated with better memory scores. One surprise for the investigators, though, was that living alone was also a significant factor in better cognitive performance.
@kaddy There's been a lot of research, particularly over the last decade, that has shown that being more socially active helps prevent the risk for developing dementia. But there's been recent research showing that that's not always the case with certain roles