The art of aging

Mental activity and creative pursuits may help stave off dementia and keep the mind clear.

Exercise the bod: We know that's good for our physical health. In recent years, experiments in ani-mals have found that exercise may also improve mental abilities, and some human studies have come to the same conclusion.

But the surest way to exercise the brain, is to challenge it to think. Consid-erable research has explored the effects of creative and challenging activities on mental health, especially as we age.

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