Volunteering decreases risk for cognitive impairment in elders!
A study conducted at Johns Hopkins University demonstrated amazing short-term results in 17 women, age 65 or older who were at high risk for cognitive impairment. Eight of the ladies volunteered with Experience Corps to help children for 15 hours per week in urban public schools in Baltimore. Each participant had a MRI brain scan at the start and 6 months later. Significant cognitive improvements were seen in the women who volunteered compared to the non-volunteering control group.
PositiveTip: Remove the cobwebs from your brain by volunteering to help others--it may even help you grow new brain cells!