An observational study suggests people in their 70s that use a computer, play games, and participate in social activities might reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or the stage between age-related cognitive decline and dementia such as Alzheimer’s.

People with MCI tend to forget things. They also lose their train of thoughts and thread of conversations. More than 16 million people in the United States live with MCI, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), also shows the more activities an elderly person engages, the lower risk for developing MCI.

Our study took a close look at how often people participated in mentally stimulating activities in both middle age and later life, with a goal of examining when such activities may be most beneficial to the brain.
Study author Dr. Yonas E. Geda of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an AAN member.

The study showed that overall, each different type of mentally stimulating activity showed positive effects on brain health.

The study also found the number of mentally stimulating activities play a role in the risk of developing MCI.


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