Computer Use And Exercise Could Help Fight Dementia

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic released new data Tuesday suggesting computer use coupled with regular exercise could help ward of dementia in the elderly. The report, published this week in the May edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, examined 926 people aged 70 to 93 in Olmstead County, Minnesota.

The participants filled out surveys detailing their daily activities including those classified as physically and mentally stimulating. Those who reported moderate computer use, combined with five to six mild workouts a week were found least likely to suffer age-related memory loss.

"The results were over and above what we expected, but not surprising," lead researcher Dr. Yonas E. Geda said. "We know physical exercise is independently associated with brain function and mentally stimulating activities are also independently associated with brain function. Combing the two makes sense."

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