Older People Getting Smarter, But Not Fitter: Study
- September 25, 2015
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Modern technology is making older brains younger, but their health is declining, according to a new study.
Normally, cognitive function declines with age, but men and women between the ages of 50 and 90 years scored higher on tests of mental ability than they did only six years earlier.
German researchers measured cognitive processing speed, physical fitness, and mental health in 2006 and again in 2012.
They found that cognitive test scores increased significantly within the 6-year period — for both men and women of all ages — while physical functioning and mental health declined.
Declines were sharpest for low-educated men aged 50-64.
Other studies, however, have shown the health of seniors to be increasing, with both cognitive as well as physical health on the rise.
The current study is the first to show opposing trends between cognitive and physical function over a period of time.