Reaping the Rewards of Being a Bookworm
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have unveiled a new research that suggests that reading books, writing, and participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age may preserve memory.
For the study, 294 people were given tests that measured memory and thinking every year for about six years before their deaths at an average age of 89. After they died, their brains were examined at autopsy for evidence of the physical signs of dementia, such as lesions, brain plaques and tangles.
The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities both early and late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not participate in such activities across their lifetime. "Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person's lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age," study author Robert S. Wilson, PhD, with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Neurology®, July 2013
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