Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bored brains shrink faster: study

The old adage "use it or lose it" is literally true, according to Australian research showing the brain shrinks faster if it is not stimulated.

Brain scans have revealed that people who do not engage in complex mental activity over their lifetime have twice the shrinkage in a key part of the brain in old age.

The finding sheds more light on the link between lifestyle and dementia, and adds strength to the evidence that mental gymnastics, like puzzles and new languages, stave off ageing diseases.
"We've got strong evidence here that people who use their brains more have less brain shrinkage,"...

"I hope people take this as a further call to arms to get out there and use their brains, get engaged in anything from tai chi to world travel, in the knowledge that it may help delay or prevent the onset of dementia."

Mental activity has been found to delay the onset of the degenerative brain diseases, such as Huntington's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, in large population studies...

Read more: Bored brains shrink faster: study (AAP)

1 comment:

Pilar Villegas Cuevas said...

Cora, thanks a lot for posting this article. This is the reason why I am not yet planning to retire. I want my brain to keep on working. Besides I am still enjoying my paralegal work and I am still happy working with my employer and with my co-workers. I am the only one from foreign land and they are treating me so nicely. As long as I am healthy and strong I will keep on working for I don't want my brain of Shrink. Regards and take care. God Bless.