A little exercise and some mental stimulation may go a long way toward helping seniors stay sharp, a new, small study suggests.
Researchers found the memory and thinking skills of 126 inactive older adults improved after they were assigned daily activities designed to engage their brains and their bodies.
“The good news is that one plus one equals three,” said Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer’s division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study.
The take-home point is that making small changes in physical and mental activity has led to positive changes in memory and thinking skills, Isaacson said.
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