It perhaps comes as no surprise that we’re living longer than ever before. In 1900, the average life expectancy for men was only 46! Now, most men live to 79, and still others become thriving octogenarians.
The good news is that not only has life expectancy dramatically increased, our mental health has also significantly improved; according to a group of researchers from France, seniors today are experiencing delayed cognitive impairment compared to previous generations.
Between 1991 and 1997, 204 French seniors participated in tests measuring their cognitive functioning. Between 2008 and 2009, a new group of 177 seniors took these same tests. Researchers compared the data and discovered the latter group had higher overall scores.