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Worried about cognitive decline in yourself or clients? Learn to take a picture

Posted Oct 21 2013 12:00am

File9981235142537 From a press release about new research looking at cognitive functioning of older adults (Association for Psychological Science):

Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to “use it or lose it.” But new research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for instance — are likely to improve cognitive functioning.

These findings, forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal that less demanding activities, such as listening to classical music or completing word puzzles, probably won’t bring noticeable benefits to an aging mind. 

“It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Denise Park of the University of Texas at Dallas. “When you are inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone.”

Click to read the rest of " Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp ."

Abstract from the study:

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