Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin’s ‘Happy Days cohort’ is helping researchers understand aging

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) was featured on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal, in an article written by David Wahlberg.

“Being in band, orchestra, debate club, student government or other mind-focused activities in high school is linked to better memory capacity at age 65.

Wives who disagree with their husbands on whether their marriages are close are more likely to have cognitive problems in older age than wives in couples who agree their relationships are close or not close.

People who spent their earliest years near lead mines in southwestern Wisconsin around 1940 are more likely to experience mental impairment later in life.

Those are among a treasure trove of findings culled from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, one of the country’s longest-running research efforts. For more than 65 years, graduates from Wisconsin high schools in 1957 have periodically answered questions on topics ranging from education, marriage and sex to employment and retirement.”

Read the full article here: https://madison.com/news/local/business/health-care/wisconsin-aging-elderly-research-1957/article_54fddf1a-87be-11ee-a255-bf6ac6ed6a5b.html