Swedish Study Examines Healthy Hobbies – Making Music Magazine

When it comes to understanding the link between healthy aging and hobbies that provide physical, social, and psychological wellness, Americans can thank the good citizens of the Kungsholmen district of Stockholm, Sweden.

That’s because data from The Kungsholmen Project, run by Stockholm�s Karolinksa Institute, has provided researchers with ample evidence that adults who stay mentally active, socially engaged, and physically fit age better and are better protected against age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The Kungsholmen Project is a longitudinal population-based study of aging and health in which all persons in the district born before 1913 were invited to participate. A total of 2,368 persons have done so. The project so far has contributed data to more than 26 doctoral theses on aging and hundreds of scholarly articles.

One of these articles, called Swedish Study Examines Healthy Hobbies

When it comes to understanding the link between healthy aging and hobbies that provide physical, social, and psychological wellness, Americans can thank the good citizens of the Kungsholmen district of Stockholm, Sweden.

That�s because data from The Kungsholmen Project, run by Stockholm�s Karolinksa Institute, has provided researchers with ample evidence that adults who stay mentally active, socially engaged, and physically fit age better and are better protected against age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer�s disease.

The Kungsholmen Project is a longitudinal population-based study of aging and health in which all persons in the district born before 1913 were invited to participate. A total of 2,368 persons have done so. The project so far has contributed data to more than 26 doctoral theses on aging and hundreds of scholarly articles.

One of these articles, called “Mental, Physical, and Social Components in Common Leisure Activities in Old Age in Relation to Dementia,” was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. It concludes that leisure activities that have either mentally, physically, or socially stimulating components offer some protection against developing dementia. However, activities such as music making, which combine all three components, offer the greatest benefit.

Source: As seen in Making Music Magazine’s September/October 2006 issue.
http://www.makingmusicmag.com

Mental, Physical, and Social Components in Common Leisure Activities in Old Age in Relation to Dementia,� was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. It concludes that leisure activities that have either mentally, physically, or socially stimulating components offer some protection against developing dementia. However, activities such as music making, which combine all three components, offer the greatest benefit.

Source: As seen in Making Music Magazine’s September/October 2006 issue.
http://www.makingmusicmag.com

When it comes to understanding the link between healthy aging and hobbies that provide physical, social, and psychological wellness, Americans can thank the good citizens of the Kungsholmen district of Stockholm, Sweden.

That�s because data from The Kungsholmen Project, run by Stockholm�s Karolinksa Institute, has provided researchers with ample evidence that adults who stay mentally active, socially engaged, and physically fit age better and are better protected against age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer�s disease.

The Kungsholmen Project is a longitudinal population-based study of aging and health in which all persons in the district born before 1913 were invited to participate. A total of 2,368 persons have done so. The project so far has contributed data to more than 26 doctoral theses on aging and hundreds of scholarly articles.

One of these articles, called �Mental, Physical, and Social Components in Common Leisure Activities in Old Age in Relation to Dementia,� was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. It concludes that leisure activities that have either mentally, physically, or socially stimulating components offer some protection against developing dementia. However, activities such as music making, which combine all three components, offer the greatest benefit.

Source: As seen in Making Music Magazine’s September/October 2006 issue.
http://www.makingmusicmag.com