Midlife pastimes may help protect thinking skills in old age

Midlife pastimes may help protect thinking skills in old age

 

Friday, 20 January, 2017

Professor Ian Deary, Dr. Alan Gow (both Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology) and colleagues have tested more than 500 people aged 79 for memory, problem solving and general thinking ability. The study found that those in their 40s and 50s who were more engaged with hobbies scored better on memory and thinking tests as they approached 80. Participants were part of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 study.