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Alzheimer's Disease

Value of activities that stimulate the brain builds over a lifetime

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Do puzzles and other activities or apps that claim to lower one's risk of developing dementia actually work? Are there other things people can do to decrease the risk?

ANSWER: Doing activities that stimulate your brain may reduce your risk of developing dementia. But it's more complex than taking up puzzles or computer games at age 65. Research suggests that the value of cognitively stimulating activities builds up over a lifetime. That means acquiring a good education; working in a job that is mentally stimulating; and engaging in pastimes, hobbies and social activities that are mentally engaging are all part of reducing your risk for developing...

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