Midlife arts, crafts and socializing tied to better late-life cognition

April 8, 2015 8:26 PM

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Midlife arts, crafts and socializing tied to better late-life cognition

(Reuters Health) - In a new study of people over age 85, those who said they engaged in things like painting, quilting or book clubs during middle age were less likely to develop memory impairments that may precede dementia.

Based on these results, using your brain for cognitive and social activities seems to preserve cognitive function or keep the neurons stimulated, said lead author Rosebud O. Roberts of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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