Home Health Study suggests older adults show greater mental well-being despite cognitive decline

Study suggests older adults show greater mental well-being despite cognitive decline

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Despite showing signs of cognitive decline, older adults tend to have better mental health than younger adults. new research.

Adults over the age of 60 had better mental health but worse cognitive performance than younger adults, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, published this month in Psychology and Aging. Adults in their 20s tended to experience more anxiety, depression and loneliness than older adults.

Researchers sampled 62 healthy young adults in their 20s and 54 healthy older adults over the age of 60. The study analyzed the mental health of participants, using electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity and having them perform several cognitive tasks. Anxiety, depression, and loneliness were the mental health factors measured in each participant.

The older participants had more difficulty completing cognitive tests, but showed higher levels of mental health. I have shown that Default mode is usually suppressed when an individual is focused on a task.

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Experiments in this study showed that older adults tended to have lower cognitive abilities than younger participants, but had better mental health.
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Dr. Jyoti Mishra, Director of NEATLabs and senior author of the study, said: statement.

“Default mode networks help us process the past and imagine the future, but they get distracted when trying to focus on the present to tackle demanding tasks quickly and accurately,” says Mishra. added.

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Young adults, on the other hand, showed more activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and performed better on cognitive tests. Researchers say the cortex is the part of the brain that houses the executive control system and tends to deteriorate over time as we age. I was using the inferior frontal cortex, which is the area of ​​the brain that is used.

“We tend to think of people in their 20s as being at the peak of their cognitive abilities, but it’s also a very stressful time in their lives, so there may be lessons to be learned from older people when it comes to mental health. And their brains,” Mishra said.

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