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How does keeping an active mind affect aging?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Become a lifelong learner. People with higher levels of education and those who continue to be involved in activities that stimulate the mind undergo less mental aging. The person who graduates from college and continues to learn in a formal educational setting or in informal ways has a RealAge (physiologic age) that is 2.5 years younger than that of the high school dropout.

Learn a new game that requires intelligence. Keeping your mind active is key, and we are never too old to learn new games. Whether it's a card game, a new move in chess, an Internet mind game, or a crossword puzzle, each one helps keep arterial aging, immune aging, and even accidents at bay.
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