A recent study reveals that people who have a busier lifestyle are likely to have healthy mental functions, especially above the age of 50. As a person ages his/her mental health deteriorates but a moderately active style can boost cognitive functions.
In fact, any individual irrespective of their age and education can experience better mental health by leading an active lifestyle which leads to enhanced speed of the brain, memory power, vocabulary, and reasoning.
The main author of the study Sara Festini, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas in the US, says people with a busier daily life exhibited better cognitive functions in terms of recalling latest information.
Active people tend to take in more information as they are exposed to many situations and opportunities. The study also suggests that a busier person has much better episodic memory, which is recalling of past events and circumstances.
The researchers also offered an explanation of their discovery from a different perspective. It is possible that people with better cognition prefer busier life and both the elements complement each other by reciprocal strengthening.
The researchers conducted a survey among 330 men and women between the ages of 50-89, where they measured their cognitive functions by analyzing the results of the neuropsychological test.
Festini further added that although the experiment proves the improvement of mental health due to a busy lifestyle, more extensive research is required to find out whether manipulation of busyness will have the same result.
The study appeared in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.