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Watching TV and dementia

Published on 03 March 2019 09:05 PM

Did you know that watching too much television (over 3.5 hrs a day) for over-50s can lead to memory loss?

A new study is warning that people over 50 shouldn't watch too much TV. Researchers at University College London say excessive viewing could lead to memory loss and contribute to the development of dementia. They have discovered that people over 50 who watch more than 3.5 hours of TV a day are more at risk of losing their memory.

Last Friday members of our Tring Cogs Club were filmed and interviewed for a report on watching too much TV and memory loss by BBC news.

"It is about getting people away from their homes away from their TV.
It is about getting their brains working, their bodies moving, getting the cogs in their brain working away. It is based on structured activity which is good stimulation for people's brains," says Melanie Clarke, Operations Manager, about what Age UK Dacorum's Cogs Clubs are about. 

Dr Daisy Fancourt, from the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, said that while watching television may have educational and relaxation benefits, "overall this suggests that adults over the age of 50 should try and ensure television viewing is balanced with other contrasting activities".

"Research suggest that television is a bit of unusual activity for the brain because you've got lots of bright and fast-moving images so your brain is very alert but at the same time it is quite a passive activity to engage in and this has been shown to lead to a less-focused brain," she said.


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Read more on the topic on BBC News - Being a couch potato 'bad' for the memory of over-50s , Watching too much television causes over-50s to be forgetful from the Express  and Watching 3.5 hours of TV a day ‘increases dementia risk – DOUBLING speed of memory loss’ from The Sun.