Too Much TV at Older Age Connected to Decline in Verbal Memory

too much tv linked to decline of verbal memory

A large study from the University College London, UK, finds that excessive TV watching on a daily basis is associated with greater decline in verbal memory.

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) that included information on 3,662 adults aged 50 and older.

The analysis showed that people who watched TV for at least 3.5 hours or more daily experienced an average decline of 8–10% in word- and language-related memory over the 6 years of the study period.

Chris Allen, a senior cardiac nurse for the charitable organization, explains: “[…] if you're concerned that the amount of television you're watching could be having a negative impact on your health, we would advise limiting the amount of TV you watch each day and working in some heart-healthy hobbies to your routine.”

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