Today’s seniors are smarter, but they are not as healthy as generations past. That is according to research done by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
Much of the credit for the intelligence increase is linked to technology. That’s right – smart phones and smart pads are helping seniors think smarter!
The intelligence upswing could be attributable to increasing education rates and use of technology, say the population researchers. “Life has become cognitively more demanding, with increasing use of communication and information technology also by older people, and people working longer in intellectually demanding jobs,” says study author and IIASA World Population Program researcher Nadia Steiber. “At the same time, we are seeing a decline in physical activity and rising levels of obesity.”
The study suggests that men and women of all ages from 50-90 performed better on cognitive tests in 2012 than in 2006. What is troubling to researchers is the decline in the fitness and health of seniors.
Newser put it like this…..”Basically, researchers believe modern technology is forcing middle-aged brains to stay on their game. But it’s not all good news: The increasing use of computers and cellphones is also corresponding with rising obesity and dropping physical activity levels.”
Could this new study be telling us it might be time for kids to tell their parents – “that’s enough screen time….you need to go out and get some exercise too?!”