It’s never too late to start take care of your brain, even when you are in your 80s! According to a recent study, keeping your brain active in old age by f.e. reading, playing puzzles or card games or simply writing letters in later life may delay the beginning of Alzheimer’s by up to 5 years!
The study looked at 1.903 people with an average age of 80 who did not have dementia at the start of the study and followed the changes in their brain health for 6.8 years (on average). The researchers found that people who did 4 cognitive activities several times per week, developed dementia at age 94. The people with less than 2 activities per week, developed dementia at age 89, which gives us a difference of 5 years!
The results of the study show that people who engage in more cognitively stimulating activities may be delaying the age at which they develop dementia.
Another interesting conclusion was that neither education nor early life cognitive activity had an influence on the age at which a person developed Alzheimer’s. This means that the relation between cognitive activity and the age at which a person develops dementia, is mainly driven by the activities later in life.
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