Greater physical activity was associated with greater thinking speed reserve in women, but not men. Taking part in mental activities was associated with greater thinking speed reserve in both men and women.
According to researchers, keeping both physically and mentally active during middle age can significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia during old age. The study found women who participated in mental activities were 46% less likely to develop dementia, and those who were physically active at a 52% reduced risk.
According to a new study, keeping mentally active can help stave off symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, but does not change the underlying disease in the brain.