Intellectually Active Lifestyles Might Lower Dementia Risk
A study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic suggests a lifetime of learning might delay or prevent the onset of dementia later in life.By Mikah Sargent | June 24, 2014
You know the old saying, "You learn something new every day"? Now health researchers are saying it's probably a good idea to make sure that happens.
"Keeping the brain busy might protect older people from the onset of dementia. ... A higher level of education and intellectual activity may delay the start of Alzheimer's symptoms by nearly nine years." (Via CBS)
In a study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied nearly 2,000 men and women between the ages of 70 and 89. The team used education and occupation as well as mid- and late-life cognitive activity — think playing games, reading books — to give each person a score. (Via Flickr / Tripp, Brenda Clarke, Marc Lagneau)