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Staying mentally active, even later in life, may decrease your risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. That's according to a new Mayo Clinic study published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Janina Krell-Roesch, a researcher for Mayo Clinic's Translational Neuroscience and Aging Program, says that taking part in two or more different mentally stimulating activities reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment in participants 70 and older.
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The study looked at five mentally stimulating activities:
Results showed three things:
"Simple activities, such as meeting friends, going out to a museum, playing games, these things were actually beneficial for brain health," says Dr. Krell-Roesch.