Thursday, 5 March 2009
Exercise your brain to prevent memory loss
In the Rainbow Years we quote research which shows the importance of exercising our brains to stay young so we were interested to read of a new study which found that during later years, reading books, playing games, participating in computer activities and doing craft activities, led to a 30 to 50 per cent decrease in the risk of developing memory loss compared to people who did not do those activities. It revealed people who participated in social activities and read magazines during middle age were about 40 per cent less likely to develop memory loss. The results add scientific weight to the long-held belief that remaining active both mentally and physically later in life is one of the keys to maintaining good health. The findings will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st annual meeting in Seattle, in April.