CogniFit's Science blog: Aging, Social Activity And Motor Skills

Aging, Social Activity And Motor Skills

Another reason to meet with your friends. Remaining socially active has been recognized as one of the key elements for remaining intellectually alert. Now research has shown that remaining socially active would also keeps motor skills like strength, speed and dexterity as well.

The research was led by Dr. Aron S. Buchman of the Rush University Medical Center and was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The research involved about 900 people in retirement homes and elsewhere. What the researchers found was that those people who had the most social activity experienced the least decline in their motor skills and other cognitive skills.

The point was raised that people with poor motor skills would find it more difficult to engage in social activities, but Dr. Buchman said that the study found evidence that it worked both ways. Remember that motor skills such as eye-hand coordination can be trained with brain fitness.