New research published in Psychological Science showed that elderly patients who participate in more mentally challenging activities showed greater mental improvement. The 221 participants in the study were between the ages of 60-90 and were selected to perform different activities such as learning digital photograph and/or quilting or word puzzles/other social events for 3 months. The patients who participated in unfamiliar activities like digital photography were able to challenge their memory and cognition and achieve more mental “sharpness” compared to those who participated in less mentally challenging activities. The authors concluded that to maintain cognition, one needs to find activities that are not only engaging but mentally stimulating too.  What are some other activities to keep the mind young?

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