Monday, September 29, 2008

Active social life prevents dementia

An active social life may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in later life, according to a study by U.S. researchers. The study - carried out by researchers at the Center [sic] on Aging and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - looked at 147 pairs of twins (all of whom were male) over the course of 28 years. Reduced dementia risk was most strongly associated with participation in home and family activities, visiting with friends and relatives, club activities (such as attending parties or playing card games) and home hobbies. Reading, studying for courses and doing extra work (overtime or other employment) all had a protective effect - but to a lesser degree - as did watching television, listening to the radio, going to the pictures or seeing theatre, art and music shows.

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