An estimated four to five million people in the nation have some degree of dementia. Most of them are elderly.
Now, a study in the journal "Neurology" finds again that keeping the mind active can help ward off mental deterioration.
The research found that people with frequent mental activity late in life enjoyed a 32% lower rate of mental decline.
The study's author says exercising your brain from childhood onward is important for brain health in old age.
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