Mates for life

Prevention (Australia) - - Emotional Health -

It turns out that your good mates may be the key to a slower de­cline in mem­ory and cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing, ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search. A study by North­west­ern Medicine in the US, pub­lished in PLOS

ONE, found that ‘su­per­agers’ – peo­ple who are 80 years and older who have a cog­ni­tive abil­ity at least as good as peo­ple in their 50s or 60s – re­ported hav­ing more sat­is­fy­ing, high-qual­ity re­la­tion­ships com­pared with their cog­ni­tively av­er­age, same-age peers.

On the Ja­panese is­land of Ok­i­nawa, there’s liv­ing proof of the re­search, hav­ing an ex­traor­di­nar­ily healthy and happy cen­te­nar­ian pop­u­la­tion. The aged pop­u­la­tion on the is­land have se­cure so­cial net­works re­ferred to as ‘moai’. Ba­si­cally, they are a group of peo­ple who pro­vide sup­port, both emo­tional and fi­nan­cial, in times of stress. Cre­at­ing your own ‘safety net’ of friends is clearly up there with a bal­anced diet and ex­er­cise when it comes to long-term good health.

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