Stimulate the old memories of their military past is good for the health of veterans, scientists say. The researchers found that when older people gather in groups and remember the old days, it has a beneficial effect on their memory and the risk of developing dementia.
Scientists have found that a therapeutic method, used in psychiatry, called reminiscence, improves memory and mental alertness by 12% in just 6 weeks. This discovery confirms previous research on the impact of socialization on human health. People who have had strokes and heart attacks recover much faster if they are involved in a large social network that includes friends and family members. Moreover, the risk of recurrence they have the widow less. Another study showed that loneliness can be as harmful to health as Smoking and obesity.
In the new study, Professor Katherine Aslam (Catherine Haslam), from the University of Exeter, UK, shared 73 volunteers aged 70 to 90 years into three groups. The first group once a week was going in the company of five people and reminisced about his youth. They were given discussion topics to choose from, for example, childhood, weddings and family celebrations, things from the past such as ink pens and old-fashioned hats. Six weeks of standard cognitive texts showed that in this group the memory of the participants improved by 12%. Those who suffered from dementia, improvement was about 8%. Two other groups, one of which played skittles, and the second did nothing, showed no noticeable improvements.
Professor Aslam, neuropsychologist, commented on the results: “the People we talked to was very excited when talking about the war. This is a very important event in their lives. Besides the fact that all this helped to restore the memory, it still brought people pleasure. Of course, such treatment is unable to reverse the development of dementia reversed, but it can restore many other functions.” The expert believes that the recorded improvement is likely to be associated with exercises for the brain, as well as the fact that people have a reason to save all those memories – the ability to share them with others. “I think these conversations provide an incentive for the further life. If you have no social life, why do you need memory?”, – concludes the scientist.