Study: Artistic activities can slow dementia

- Vida Jackson, 87, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 6 years ago. For the past year and a half, she has participated in various programs, like painting, at the New York Memory Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Some studies have shown that engaging in artistic activities can help slow the progression of dementia. A Mayo Clinic study found that painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking, and making pottery challenge the brain and can help preserve it.
 
Dr. Yonas Geda says the study also found that socializing -- such as going to the movies, concerts and being part of a book club -- can help as well.

The Mayo Clinic study focused on people 70 and older. But researchers are advising younger generations to start strengthening their brains now.

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