The old adage is true: elephants really do have excellent memories, even into their old age. For instance, they’re able to recollect and return to very particular places many years after visiting them, regardless of age. Just what can we glean from elephants that might lead to enhancing our own cognitive functioning as we age?
Interestingly, elder elephants’ brains reveal no accumulation of the amyloid plaques a number of researchers are linking to Alzheimer’s. And though other health professionals tout the necessity for ample sleep to enable the mind the opportunity to clear away plaques, elephants are stomping over that hypothesis, sleeping as few as a couple of hours a day.
But a single factor rises above the rest that just could be the main key: socialization. Research increasingly points to the connection between isolation and cognitive decline, as well as the advantage of preserving stable social connections. Elephants remain socially engaged in close family herds for life, while our human busyness frequently prevents the sort of important, sustained interactions we so desperately need.
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