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Group reminiscing is 'great for memory'

Group reminiscing is 'great for memory'
11th September 2009

New research in a joint partnership between the UK and Australia has found that mentioning the war may actually be the best way to preserve the memories of dementia patients.

According to the Universities of Exeter and Queensland, the membership of social groups can have a hugely beneficial effect on health and wellbeing, highlighting the importance of building new social groups to deal with life changes such as a stroke and the diagnosis of dementia.

Dr Catherine Haslam of the University of Exeter, a co-author of the study, said: "On the basis of what is now a very large body of research we would urge the medical community to recognise the key role that participation in group life can play in protecting our mental and physical health.

"It's much cheaper than medication, with far fewer side effects, and is also much more enjoyable."

The teams also pointed to another four studies which had found similar themes in group rehabilitation, lowering the cognitive decline speeds of many individuals.

Earlier this month, Medical Research Council (MRC) announced that a pair of genes which increase a person's chances of developing the most common form of Alzheimer's disease have been discovered.

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