At the Peninsula School, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Michigan, researchers have conducted the first international comparative of cognitive function in older adults in the U.S. and Britain. The results showed that U.S. seniors preformed significantly better than their British counterparts.
The findings are surprising because Adults in the U.S. are known to be more susceptible to certain types of diseases that are associated with mental decline. The study compared 8,000 American seniors with a little over 5,000 British seniors aged 65 and older. The participants, most living in various assisted facilities in their respective countries, took exams of immediate and delayed recall of 10 common nouns including hotel, river, tree, skin, gold, village, baby and table. When they heard the words verbalized, they were asked to repeat as many as they could remember.
The researchers compared results based on age, gender, and education, as well as country. Also, participant’s health conditions, along with their risk factors and treatments, were considered as well. They also considered symptoms of depression, which has been known to be related to mental decline. U.S. adults, especially those living in the comfort of Thousand oaks hospice that greatly improve their quality of living, reported a significantly lower amount of depression than English adults which may have had a role in the U.S. advantage in the study.
The researchers also found that there were noticeable differences in alcohol consumption between the two groups. More than 50% of U.S. seniors claimed to have no alcohol consumption in contrast to only 15.5 of the British seniors. Previous research has shown that less alcohol consumption has contributed to a much higher level of cognitive function.
It’s the hope of this study to find a way to make lifestyle changes for British seniors that will lead to a significant improvement in cognitive function.
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