Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities — including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing — can stave off mental decline, new research says.
Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that genetic trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less common among those who engaged in mind-stimulating activities.
The study didn’t evaluate the costly, computer-based games that purport to keep the brain sharp. The benefits were found from activities that most older adults have ready access to.