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Rev up your thinking skills by trying something new

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Learning a new dance step involves exercise, socialization, and a challenge, all of which can help boost thinking skills.
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Challenging your brain, staying physically active, and being socially engaged may help keep our thinking skills sharp.

It's a new year, and a great time to try your hand at a new activity—but not just for the fun of it. "Cognitive and social engagement have been shown to be protective against cognitive decline, whereas hearing loss, depression, and social isolation are associated with cognitive decline," says Dr. Kathryn Papp, neuropsychologist and instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School.

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