ENJOYING activities such as going to the theatre could help prevent dementia.
Scientists claim that engaging activities help cut the risk of mental decline as they stimulate the brain more, helping to protect against and prevent mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which is the stage between decline from aging and dementia. Symptoms include becoming forgetful, repeating yourself and problems with reasoning and problem-solving.
The new study followed almost 2,000 adults over the age of 70 who were were cognitively normal at the start and were monitored until they showed signs of developing MCI.
During this time their activities and hobbies were analysed and it was found that regular theatre goers developed MCI symptoms later in life.
Meanwhile, another study has reported that women’s brains start going downhill in their 50’s and not in their 60’s as previously thought.
The findings were based on a study that followed more than 2,000 healthy women in their 40’s, for 10 years.