High School Enrichment Improves Memory at Older Ages
Extracurricular activities in high school have long been recognized as an excellent way to skills, hobbies, and friendships. It turns out they may also help improve cognition at oldest ages.
In a recent study, WLS researchers used 1957 high school senior yearbooks continue to look at the connection between high school activities and mental skills decades later. They found that participation in a wide range of enriching high school activities (musical ensembles, speech and debate, drama, student government, publications and occupational clubs, and honorary organizations, among others) was associated with better memory and flexible thinking at older ages.
This suggests that promoting enriching extracurricular activities for youth today may not only keep them engaged while they’re young – it can also put people on the path of better cognitive health over the long term.