New York: Elders who work crossword puzzles, play cards, partake in artistic and organizational activities, and attend movie or theater productions may halve their risk for dementia, report researchers from France.Over 4 years, dementia risk was 50 percent lower among community-living elders who reported such mentally stimulating activities at least twice weekly versus less than once weekly, Dr. Tasnime Akbaraly, at INSERM, France`s public health research agency, in Montpellier, and colleagues report.Their study, in the journal Neurology, followed 5,698 men and women, 65 years and older, who were free of dementia at the outset. During follow-up, 161 of these elders developed dementia.Mind-stimulating leisure time pursuits, like crossword puzzles, were found to be significantly associated with a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer`s disease over the 4-year follow up period.
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