Endless evenings on sofa bad for over 60s

NEW DELHI: Prolonged sitting and watching television could leave seniors with a deteriorating memory, a study suggests.

According to British Study, in Scientific Report, experts tests on 3,590 middle-aged people, average age 67 who reported to be watching TV for more than three-and-a-half hours a day.

They found an 8% to 10% decrease in verbal memory in couch potatoes, compared to lesser TV watchers, over six years. was around 4% to 5% for those watching less than that per day.

Dr Daisy Fancourt, from the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, said ‘this is not something to worry about’ that while watching television may have educational and relaxation benefits, “overall this suggests that adults should try and ensure television viewing is balanced with other contrasting physical activities”.