With an aging population, it isn't surprising that the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is also increasing. There has been a significant amount of research in recent years looking at ways to prevent the onset of MCI and dementia. A recent study published in Neurology has found that engagement in creative activities can prevent memory impairment. "People who engaged in artistic activities, such as painting, drawing and sculpting, in both middle and old age were 73% less likely to have memory and thinking problems, such as mild cognitive Impairment, that lead to dementia.The study also revealed that craft-based activities such as sewing, woodworking and ceramics in midlife and old age, were 45% less likely to encounter cognitive issues." To read more about the study's findings, check out this article recently published by CNN.
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