SIMPLE ACTIVITIES CAN HELP STAVE OFF MENTAL DECLINE

SIMPLE ACTIVITIES CAN HELP STAVE OFF MENTAL DECLINE

Study Shows Computer Use, Going to Movies, Other Social Activities Make Significant Difference

Author: Website Administrator 10/Thursday, March 9, 2017/Categories: Home Page, NEWS

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Regular involvement in any of four, and possibly five, types of mentally stimulating activities by older persons appears to reduce the risk of having mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to this analysis published in JAMA Neurology. The study involved 1,929 cognitively normal persons 70 years and older. It found that computer use, going to movies and other social activities, playing games, and making crafts all were associated with a decreased risk of mental decline, while reading books "approached significance." Of the five activities, computer use had the greatest benefit, possibly because it "may require specific technical and manual skills." Looking at only the 512 participants with a gene variation linked to Alzheimer's, only computer use and social activities were associated with a decreased risk of cognitive impairment.

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