Whole Body Health Sale

Keep learning and ward off dementia


UPI Health News (Business)

06-25-14

Never stop learning. That's the takeaway from a new study that suggests a lifetime of feeding the brain new information can delay the onset of dementia by up to nine years.

That staying mentally active helps keep dementia and Alzheimer's at bay isn't entirely new wisdom; it's been a refrain of both expert and amateur health advocates for years. But now there's some concrete evidence, thanks to researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

The new study, published this week in JAMA Neurology, compared the cognitive histories of nearly 2,000 Minnesotans, aged 70 to 89, with their current mental capacity.

Factors such as level of education, complexity of occupation, as well as previous cognitive activities -- both midlife and more recent -- were taken into account. Cognitive activities included things like playing music, reading books, working on computers, arts and crafts or even regular socializing.

Once all the info was collected, participants participated in a serious of tests to measure cognitive function. As a result, researchers were able to show that mental stimulation throughout one's life can delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's.

"Doing cognitive activities at least three times a week was highly protective," said lead author Dr. Prashanthi Vemuri, a radiologist and researcher at the Mayo Clinic.

Midlife activities had less drastic delaying effect on the well-educated than it did for those with less formal education. Education, though, still offered a nice buffer of five years.

"This was a little surprising," said Vemuri. "But it turns out that even if you don't have a lifetime of educational and occupational development, intellectual activity in later life can really help -- perhaps delaying cognitive impairment by at least three years."

Articles featured in Life Extension Daily News are derived from a variety of news sources and are provided as a service by Life Extension. These articles, while of potential interest to readers of Life Extension Daily News, do not necessarily represent the opinions nor constitute the advice of Life Extension.

  • Consumer Alerts | Learn about issues that could impact your right to obtain the nutritional supplements and/or hormones such as DHEA that you depend on.

  • LEF Forum | Life Extension hosts Forums on Supplements, Hormones, Lifestyles, Disorders/Diseases, and other areas of interest to life extensionists worldwide.

  • What's Hot | News flashes are posted here frequently to keep you up-to-date with the latest advances in health care, nutritional supplements, and longevity.

  • Legislative Action Center | Take action on important current issues featured in Life Extension magazine and our web site.

  • Events | Find out about upcoming life extension related conferences, seminars, and meetings, or view reports on past events.

  • Life Extension Update | Our periodical newsletter reports new findings in longevity, preventive medicine and disease as soon as they are discovered!

  • Multimedia Center | An information-packed collection of video and audio featuring various health topics of importance to you.

Top 12 Steps For Achieving Ultimate Health
Related Forum Topics