Mentally stimulating activities may reduce risk of cognitive impairment

Written by Jonathan Wilkinson

Researchers from Mayo Clinic (MN, USA) have published a study reporting that people who engage in mentally engaging activities, even in later life, may be at a reduced risk of developing new-onset mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is the intermediate stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia, with few published studies examining the association between cognitive activity and this form of mental impairment. The results of the study have been published in JAMA Neurology. In a population-based cohort study of participants in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging in Olmsted County, the investigators followed 1929 participants who were cognitively normal...

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