Live longer by being active and getting involved with your community. Creating mindful relationships decreases memory loss and delays the onset of dementia.
A study in the American Journal of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health found that older people in the United States that are active in the community and social life, have a slower rate of memory decline.
Social Ties: the Fountain of Youth
“It is essential for mental and physical health, especially for the aging population, that we all have strong social ties. Since as much as 10 percent of the population is affected by dementia and memory loss, this is an important no cost, fun preventive practice.”
The study showed that social ties have a profound effect on health, especially by lowering mortality rates. Memory loss and dementia are a major public health burden with massive costs attached to this condition.
“Join a study group on gardening, start a book club, join a bird watching club or join a bowling league.”
The research clearly shows it does not matter what kind of group you connect with, you will be happier, healthier and more fun in life.
Get involved with the community and enjoy the company of other people! Make that a mindful goal this year.