A new study has found that mentally stimulating activities, like using computers, playing games, making crafts and participating in social activities, are linked to a lower risk or delay of age-related memory loss called mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
There is strong evidence that MCI can be a precursor of dementia.
Researchers found that using a computer in middle-age was associated with a 48% lower risk of MCI.
Engaging in social activities, like going to movies or going out with friends, or playing games, like doing crosswords or playing cards, in both middle-age and later life were associated with a 20% lower risk of developing MCI.
Craft activities were associated with a 42% lower risk, but only in later life.