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Study suggests mental activity key to avoiding dementia

A new study suggests that reading a book a day could keep dementia away.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A new study suggests that reading a book a day could keep dementia away.

An estimated four to five million people in the United States – most of them elderly - have some degree of dementia.

A study in the journal "Neurology" finds that keeping the mind active can help ward off mental deterioration.

Scientists found activities like those who continued to read and write across their lifetimes had a slower memory decline rate than those who had not.

People with frequent mental activity later in life enjoyed a 32 percent lower rate of mental decline.

Researchers say that exercising the brain from childhood onward is important for brain health in older age.


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