Hobbies may boost brainpower as you age

Posted on October 9, 2013

New research has found that hobbies such as reading, socializing, and traveling can keep your mind engaged and boost mental health during your golden years.

Taking up a few hobbies after retirement can keep your brain sharp and fend off mental deterioration and even depression, a new study has found.

“Retirement usually occurs right around the time when normal age-related declines in cognitive function come to the fore,” said clinical psychologist and study leader Dr. Lawrence Baer. “So it is important to understand what is happening to brainpower during this period and to identify risk factors for mental decline, as well as factors that will help protect against it.”

A separate study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in April found that a combination of light exercise and mental stimulation from computer games can also help keep seniors mentally sharp.

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Source material from Free Malaysia Today


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