Lifelong Learning may turn back the clock on aging

According to the University of Exeter research, stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life.

The large-scale investigation used data from more than 2,000 mentally fit people over the age of 65, examined the theory that experiences in early or mid life which challenge the brain make people more resilient to changes resulting from age or illness – they have higher “cognitive reserve.”

The analysis, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) found that people with higher levels of reserve are more likely to stay mentally fit for longer, making the brain more resilient to illnesses such as dementia.

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