New Mental Challenges Can Sharpen Aging Brain: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — New mental challenges might help your mind stay sharp as you age, according to a small study. The research, from the University of Texas at Dallas, included 39 older adults who were randomly assigned to high- or low-mental challenge groups or to a control group. Those participants in the high-challenge group spent at least 15 hours a week for 14 weeks learning increasingly more demanding skills in digital photography, quilting or both. Those in the low-challenge group spent 15 hours a week socializing and doing activities related to such topics as travel and cooking, but with no active learning. Those in the control group did things such as listening to music, playing simple games or watching classic movies. All of the participants underwent…


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