Aug 5, 2009

Exercising the Brain Delays the Onset of Alzheimer's and Dementia

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that persons who engage in mentally stimulating leisure activities every day, delay the onset of dementia by about two months.

The cognitive activities include: reading, writing, crossword puzzles, board or card games, group discussions, or playing music.

"The study shows that it is important for older people to engage in cognitively stimulating activities, and to do them frequently," said study senior author Joe Verghese, M.B.B.S., associate professor of neurology and director of the division of cognitive & motor aging at Einstein. "We found that the more activities you do and the more often you do them, the better off you are."

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