CogniFit's Science blog: Remaining Socially Active Keeps Your Motor Skills Sharp

Remaining Socially Active Keeps Your Motor Skills Sharp

Being socially active is a well recognized key to remaining cognitively sharp into old age. Older people who remain socially engaged are more likely to maintain their cognitive skills vital as they grow older.

Recent research suggests that people who remain socially active may better maintain their physical skills as they age as well. Socially active people experience lower rates of decline in their motor skills such as strength, speed and dexterity.

A study was conducted among about 900 people in retirement homes and other locations. The study found that people that had the most social activity experienced the least decline in their motor skills. The report appears in The Archives of Internal Medicine. The study was conducted over a period of five years and people participating were given a series of tests to assess their motor skills, specifically looking at arm and leg strength, their ability to walk and to perform other tasks.

It is arguable that people with poor motor skills would find it hard to take part in social activities, but researchers in the study said that there was evidence that it worked both ways.

Eating well, sleeping well, keeping your body active, visiting your friends and keeping your mind active by doing mental exercise are the cornerstones to healthy aging.