A new study from Ohio State University, US, suggests that sociability, especially later in life, may bring many mental and physical health benefits — it can protect against cognitive decline.
For their research, the scientists included mice aged 15–18 months. As a part of an experiment, they were divided into two groups. One group was housed in pairs modeling “an old couple”. The other mice were placed into groups containing 6 rodents. They were given the conditions modeling housing condition for 3 months.
Having analyzed the received results, the scientists concluded that mice that were living in a group were better in remembering new locations and new things.
The researchers insist that it is important for people to make decisions about choosing a place to live when they get older, as these choices could either facilitate social activities or prevent individuals from maintaining a rich social life.