Do you drive a lot? If yes, then there’s a good news as driving might cut short risk of dementia in old age, claims a new study. According to the researchers, getting behind the wheels sharpens your cognitive functioning and slows the cognitive decline as it forces the driver to stay alert in traffic to prevent any mishap.
Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. Dementia and Alzheimer’s attacks a victim in his/her old age and doctors haven’t yet found any persistent solution to such diseases.
Effect of Dementia and Alzheimer’s can only be delayed or decreased but can’t be prevented. Thus, few simple tricks like driving can play a crucial role in preventing cognitive functions from deteriorating.
While explaining researchers from the Columbia University said that people in old age should drive their own vehicle instead of using public transport as while driving a car their mind stays alert and works which will help in preventing cognitive decline.
Lead researcher Guohua Li conducted the study and found that mental condition of older people declined after they gave up driving which in some cases also lead to depression.
“For many older adults, driving is instrumental to their daily living and is a strong indicator of self-control, personal freedom and independence,” said Guohua Li. “Unfortunately, it is almost inevitable to face the decision to stop driving during the process of aging as cognitive and physical functions continue to decline.”
So, take out your car and start driving daily and prevent risk of mental disorders like dementia.
The study was published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.