Is knitting good for memory?

An article published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinic Neurosciences studied mild cognitive impairment (MCI) associated with aging. The repetitive and rhythmic movements that make up the fabric could be the key to relaxation. Dr. Barry Jacobs of Princetown University discovered that animals that perform repetitive movements trigger a release of serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with calm and well-being.

In a survey of 3,545 weavers around the world, respondents who knitted to relax, relieve stress and create creativity reported better cognitive functioning, better social contact and communication with others. But since the mind and body are closely connected, the health benefits of tissue could also extend to physical well-being. Tissue has been shown to stimulate the brain to produce the hormone dopamine, which is a feel-good neurotransmitter. Neural Knitworks was founded by Pat Pillai and Rita Pearce, who developed the idea into a National Science Week community engagement initiative with support from Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and Inspiring Australia.

At a recent point meeting held at the Redfern Community Centre, former Sydney Rooster Ian Roberts spoke about a concussion career in football, with fans making neurons in team colors to raise awareness of brain injuries in sports. Mental exercises, such as playing board games, reading and knitting, can reduce the risk of dementia, according to a study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic. Group Knit for Peace, reviewed previous research and surveyed 1,000 people in its own network of 15,000 weavers, HuffPost U. According to a study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic, playing board games, reading and knitting are examples of mental exercises that can lower the risk of dementia.

A study of people aged 50 to 65 in Minnesota showed that those who knitted at a young age and continued to weave later in life had a lower risk of dementia. The prison project reminded me of a project where a friend from Albuquerque has been working to get yarn for women in prison to knit or crochet. The first Neural Knitworks exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre was seen by thousands of visitors over a three-week period. Knitting helped to lessen the intensity of their fears, clear their minds, and provide them with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Knitting, an activity that people can continue to enjoy well into old age, can help reduce depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, and possibly delay the onset of dementia, according to a new British report. They believe that children can learn to focus and improve fine motor skills, which they need to read and write through tissue. When you knit, you are subconsciously doing math and using your memory remembering the steps you need to do, such as how many rows you need to knit, when to knit and when to do the reverse, and what color or pattern comes next.

Jane MacDonald
Jane MacDonald

I am of the author and owner of I Love Knitting. I first learned to knit when I was around five years old, and stop doing it when I hit my teens! I than picked it back up when I had my first child, and have since taught all three of my children to knit.

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