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A Little Bit of Mental Exercise Goes a Long Way

separator A new study provides more fuel to the belief that mental stimulation in seniors can help keep your brain from declining. In the study, people who were part of a group that worked on problem-solving tasks (from 1998 to 2000) reported that they had an easier time with daily acclivities such as bookkeeping, driving, shopping and cooking, which all tend to get more difficult with age.

Follow-up testing showed that the improvements were enough to counteract the cognitive decline that would be seen in a period of 7 to 14 years in a person who does not have dementia.

This information is important to anyone who hopes to remain independent with advancing age.

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