Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memory and cognitive function

Memory and cognitive function naturally decline as we age, but there are things that we can do to preserve our brain health. A healthy diet and regular exercise have been found to help preserve brain function, but a new study published today in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience suggests that maintaining a strong social network could also be the key to preserving memory.

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and lead author of the study, says the discovery bolsters a body of research that supports the role of social connections in preserving the mind and improving quality of life. affects the brain on a molecular level so researchers can mimic or support those changes to better protect brain function as people get older.

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD, of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center led a study that observed mice to examine how having a social network helps preserve memory and cognitive function in the aging brain.

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