The brain is very similar to a muscle in your body–use it or lose it. Staying active mentally is just as important as staying active physically say leading researchers.
A number of studies on older people, in particular, who participate in mentally stimulating activities remain cognitively active longer and delay the onset of memory decline. And other studies have found that younger people with at least a high school education will spend more of their older years without cognitive loss.
Reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing board or card games, having group discussions, or playing music have been found to be mentally stimulating according to Charles Hall, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
Source: Hall C, et al “Cognitive activities delay onset of memory decline in persons who develop dementia” Neurology 2009; 73: 356-361.
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