Social Connections, Group Living Help Preserve Brain Health

May 31, 2018, Lois Bowers, McKnight's Senior Living - Strong social connections could help preserve memory and improve quality of life for older adults, suggests new research published today in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.   

Investigators from Ohio State University found that mice housed in groups had better memories and healthier brains than animals that lived in pairs.

Although the research was conducted using mice, lead researcher Elizabeth Kirby, Ph.D., told McKnight's Senior Living that the findings likely apply to humans.

“While we can never be 100 percent sure that studies in an animal model like mice will translate to humans, this study was done to help fill a gap that research in humans can't fill very well,” she said. “We know that in humans, there is a strong association between having a larger social network and protection from memory decline with age. But it is difficult to tell whether having more friends protects the brain from problems with age or if having problems with memory makes people withdraw from their friends.”

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