Being a couch potato 'bad for the memory of over-50s'

Being a couch potato 'bad for the memory of over-50s'
    A study found that watching television for more than three and a half hours a day can leave adults with a degraded memory.

    Tests on 3,500 adults over the age of 50 found that low verbal memory was low in potatoes, compared to less TV monitors, over six years.

    Our memory is getting worse naturally as part of the aging process.

    But it happened faster as more TV was seen, according to a University of London study.

    Researchers can not be sure that television caused the memory to decline faster, but they say that by watching it for long periods, people may not be able to do other motivational activities such as reading and exercise.

    The study found that those who watched television for more than three and a half hours a day saw, on average, a decrease in verbal memory by 8% to 10%.

    For those who watch less than that per day, it was about four% to five%.

    There was no evidence of a TV effect on language fluency.
    Dr Daisy Fancourt, of the UCL Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care, said that while watching television can have benefits in education and relaxation, "this generally indicates that adults over the age of 50 should try to ensure that television viewing is balanced with different activities Other ".

    Participants in the study, from England, were tested for their ability to remember a list of ten common words and asked them to include as many words as possible in a given category in one minute.

    They were asked about the amount of television they watch every day and monitors from 2008-2009 to 2014-2015.
    The research took into account other potential explanations for low memory including lifestyle factors, and other behaviors, such as time spent sitting, exercising.

    Although the study did not ask people what they saw on television, some types of television could have a greater impact on cognitive decline.

    "Seniors tend to watch more soap operas, which can be stressful because they come close to the characters," says Andrew Stepto of the University of California.

    "This may create pressure in perception that may contribute to low memory."

    Do not panic
    "Being a passive television observer may be a possible explanation for the results of the study," said Professor Damie Till Weeks, a professor of clinical psychology and rehabilitation at King's College London.

    "There's still a lot we do not know, like whether memory cuts are affected by what we're seeing, whether we're watching it alone or whether you're interacting with TV like those on Gogglebox, and we do not know whether behavior change will improve memory .

    "Although this result will make us think more about screen time, more research is needed before we let you measure and measure TV time as closely as the step counter."

    Dr Bob Patton, a clinical psychologist at Surrey University, said older people (and caregivers) should take into account much of the time they spend watching television.

    "While television may not spoil the brain as conventional wisdom may suggest, moderate viewing is associated with some very real changes among viewers over the age of fifty."
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