Can a cognitive reserve be built up to resist memory loss?

You may be able to build up a cognitive reserve to delay the onset of dementia. Studies have shown that people with more years of education tend to get dementia later.

It may be possible to store up cognitive reserves to help you stay mentally sharp longer.

There are video games that are meant to challenge your brain, but scientists warn that there is little science behind them.

It doesn't take a high-tech approach to keep your brain finely tuned. One study revealed that participants that worked a crossword four times a week had a 47 percent lower risk of dementia than those working the puzzle once a week.

Other mental activities such as playing chess and board games, learning a foreign language, playing a musical instrument and reading are all ways to keep the brain humming.

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