Here’s some good news about aging. We already know that older people who remain socially engaged are more likely to keep their intellectual skills sharper. Now new research suggests they may also be less likely to experience declines in motor skills like strength, speed and dexterity.
Researchers who followed the health of about 900 people in retirement homes and elsewhere found that those who had the most social activity experienced the least decline in their motor skills.
The study which appears in The Archives of Internal Medicine, examined each volunteer over a period of about five years.
While poor motor skills could make it harder for someone to take part in these activities, researchers say the study found evidence that it worked both ways.