What friends are for: socialising at 60 can stave off dementia at 70 – The Times

Friendships and social activity could keep your brain sharper in later lifeAlamy
If you spend time with friends when you are 60 you are less likely to have dementia when you are 70.

Scientists have found that socialising may be a way to keep your brain sharp in old age in one of the largest and longest studies of its kind.

There is growing evidence that friendships and social activity can delay the onset of dementia. Many previous studies have shown this, although they have suffered because it has been hard to tell definitively which caused the other. An alternative explanation is that people who socialise less are doing so because they already have early signs of dementia.

The latest work, published in the journal Plos Medicine, used the Whitehall II study, which followed more than 10,000…

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