Many doctors think that knitting can prevent the onset of memory loss. And not just knitting but crafting and hobbies of all sorts. I’ve heard this topic brought up before; it’s the reason many nursing homes and assisted living facilities have arts and crafts workshops and classes for their members to take. When my grandfather’s memory started to get worse, I remember my mother encouraging him to do word puzzles like crosswords and play scrabble. The main concept is just to do something that continues to engage the mind. Sitting in front of a TV doesn’t count!
A new US study suggests that engaging in a hobby such as quilting, reading a book, or knitting during middle age can delay the onset of dementia as the patient grows. Patients participating in the study who crafted or partook in a hobby reduced the risk of memory loss by 40 percent. Later in life, continuing to keep up with the hobby or craft reduced the risk by 30 to 50 percent.
According to study author and neuroscientist, Dr Yonas Geda, the study is exciting because “it demonstrates that aging does not need to be a passive process.” She also pointed out that patients in the study who watched less than seven hours of TV a day reduced their memory loss risk by 50 percent.
So get off the couch and make something — your crafty hobby just might save your mind! To find out more about the study, read the full article from BBC News.
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