Having a pet keeps you smarter longer in old age, research suggests
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(Liz Braun/ Toronto Sun) — As you age, Fido can help keep you sharp.

New research from the University of Michigan has found that long-time pet owners in their mid-60s had higher cognitive scores than people of the same age group without pets.

For the Health and Retirement Study, “long-term” meant longer than five years.

“Prior  …

Having someone listen to you may provide you with cognitive resilience
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(New York University/ Futurity) — Supportive social interactions in adulthood are important for your ability to stave off cognitive decline despite brain aging or neuropathological changes such as those in Alzheimer’s disease, the new study finds.

Cognitive resilience is a measure of your brain’s ability to function  …