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Try This to Slow Memory Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic comes with plenty of peripheral consequences. One may be advanced memory loss.

It’s not that the virus infects your brain. Instead, it can make it extremely difficult to maintain what scientists call “positive affect.”

It’s pretty tough to stay cheerful and optimistic as the pandemic has upended life in so many ways. Add that on to political and civil unrest, and you might not be seeing the world through rose-colored lenses.

Yet, there are still things to be hopeful for and smile about. Believing the pandemic will pass, recalling positive memories, and doing activities each day that put a smile on your face can all help boost outlook and boost positive affect.

Doing so could slow down memory loss and brain aging.

A recent study published in Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful are less likely to experience memory decline with age. These findings add on to existing research that outlook is a component of healthy aging.

Researchers from Northwestern University analyzed data from nearly 1,000 middle-aged or older adults who participated in a national study conducted at three time periods: from 1995-1996, 2004-2006, 2013-2014.

Participants reported on a range of positive emotions they would experience in the 30 days prior to the assessment, while during the last two assessments, they also underwent tests to rate memory performance.

Findings showed that memory generally declined with age, but participants with higher levels of positive affect had much flatter memory decline over the course of a decade than those with a more negative disposition.

There will always be bumps in the road and sometimes significant hurdles that can sink a person’s spirit. But how you bounce back could play a major role in memory and aging. So, your best to take some time every day to focus on the things that put a smile on your face.

It turns out positive memories can keep you open to building new ones with age.


Author Bio

Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956797620953883
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201029135501.htm

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