Could creativity and socializing preserve your memory?

Story highlights

  • Artistic and crafty activities could prevent mild cognitive impairment in old age
  • Socializing and using a computer in later life can also help
  • Picking up hobbies early and maintaining them is the most helpful

(CNN)Are you an artist? Maybe you enjoy crafting on the weekends or even just hanging out with your friends. Good news: Keep it up -- and not just for fun. It's also good for your health.

Pursuing creative passions and favorite activities into old age could preserve your mind and stave off dementia, according to a new study in Neurology, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Researchers discovered that people who engaged in artistic activities, such as painting, drawing and sculpting, in both middle and old age were 73% less likely to have memory and thinking problems, such as mild cognitive Impairment, that lead to dementia.
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