Mayo Clinic research links knitting with delaying memory loss
First, there was the story on the CBS The Early Show about how Mayo Clinic researchers found knitting can delay memory loss.
The Mayo Clinic did a study which showed keeping mentally active between the ages of 50 and 65 helped in later years.
Those who regularly read, played games, or did craft hobbies (knitting and patchwork quilting specifically were mentioned) reduced their risk of memory impairment. By 40% in those studied between the ages of 70 to 89!
Knitting and other craft hobbies really are good for your health!
It’s been known for several years that crossword puzzles help keep older folks mentally alert. Now, there’s scientific evidence of what many of us with families blessed with generations of crafters long suspected … doing crafts IS a mental exercise, too.
Whatever your knitting expertise, you can continue to make knitting a challenge.
- As a beginner, just learning the stitches and practicing is enough to require intense concentration.
- As you progress, you can add new knitting stitches or patterns to challenge yourself.
- Or if so inclined, customizing a knitting pattern … developing your own patterns … the possibilities seem endless …
Inspirational knitting in Italian earthquake
And then to emphasize the point, on April 7, 2009, a 98 year-old grandmother was rescued from the Italian earthquake.
Buried under the rubble for 30 hours, she survived by knitting under her bed. I love her statement, “I worked, I knitted.” Marie D’Antuono from Tempura is an inspiration to knitters everywhere. Wouldn’t it be great if in adversity we all could have the courage and calmness to knit? And at age 98, too! The full story is here.
And in case you’d like to see the video of The Early Show:
Does it get any better than this?
Inspirational stories about knitting!
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