Older Women's Memory Better Than Men's 50-year old women trump men at verbal recall, research shows By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Mar 12, 2010 5:21 AM CST 8 comments Comments What were you saying? (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – A middle-aged woman may have a better memory than a middle-aged man, a new study suggests. UK researchers asked men and women aged 50 to remember 10 words and to recall them two minutes and five minutes later. Women scored 5% higher than men, on average, in the first test and 8% better in the second. The 9,600 UK men and women who participated in the study are part of a group that has been tracked since birth. Since they'd already been tested at 16, the latest results will help researchers gauge the effects of exercise, diet, smoking, alcohol; and depression on the mind. Initial results showed that those who exercised at least once a month did better than those who did not; non- and former smokers outperformed their smoking peers, the Telegraph notes.