Study: Active mind can help fight dementia

July 9, 2013 9:18:56 AM PDT
Dementia is a severe decline in mental abilities, including memory and reasoning, and a new study in the journal Neurology finds again that keeping the mind active can help ward off mental deterioration.

Scientists examined nearly 300 elderly people for six years.

Those who took part in mentally stimulating activities such as reading, had a slower rate of memory decline than those who had not.

The research also found that people with frequent mental activity late in life enjoyed a 32 percent lower rate of mental decline.