Everyone agrees that a balanced lifestyle and being active mentally and physically prevents future memory concerns for seniors. A new JAMA Neurology study released last January further builds on this claim and provides details on which particular activities are best for memory retention. The study hypothesized that seniors engaging in mentally stimulating activities at least 1 to 2 times per week significantly decreased risk of memory impairment. Based on the figures, excellent activites include computer use, games and socialization. Such activities are strongly linked to high efficiency in building brain capacity.
"Our study could not disentangle why some mentally stimulating activities (eg, computer use) had a larger effect size on the decreased risk of incident MCI than others activities (eg, reading books). However, we speculate that a particular mental activity may require specific technical and manual skills and that these could be the factors that might be associated with a decreased risk of cognitive decline.”
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