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July 10th, 2015

Mayo Clinic Study: Creating Art Keeps Brain Sharp in Old Age

“A recent Mayo Clinic study, which featured 256 people in their mid- to late-80s, pinpointed various activities that either predicted cognitive impairment or protected against it during the final years of life. As noted in other studies, an active social life—whether in midlife or in both midlife and late life—was linked with fewer instances of mild cognitive impairment. So was late-in-life computer use.

But the behavior that had the greatest protective effect was ‘artistic activity’, such as painting, drawing, and sculpting. These activities may all have a role in keeping brain cells stimulated, and may help develop new neural pathways.”

Source article:  http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/making-art-tied-to-fewer-cognitive-problems-in-old-age

Abstract of the Mayo Clinic study published in Journal of the American Academy of Neurology:  https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1363

via Dion Dior

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