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Mental Engagement Promotes Cognitive Health

Posted Mar 08 2012 10:11pm
Posted on 2012-03-07 06:00:00 in Brain and Mental Performance | Lifestyle |

In that men and women diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia, and their caregivers, are encouraged to engage in mentally stimulating activities, a team from Bangor University (Wales, United Kingdom), reviewed 15 clinical studies involved in the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group Specialized Register, involving 718 patients. The team found consistent improvements in cognitive function among individuals engaged in mentally stimulating activities.  Commenting that a wide range of activities that aim to stimulate thinking and memory generally, including discussion of past and present events and topics of interest, word games, puzzles, music and practical activities such as baking or indoor gardening, may be of clinical benefit, the study authors conclude that: "There was consistent evidence from multiple trials that cognitive stimulation programmes benefit cognition in people with mild to moderate dementia over and above any medication effects. “

Bob Woods, Elisa Aguirre, Aimee E Spector, Martin Orrell.  “Cognitive stimulation to improve cognitive functioning in people with dementia,” Cochrane Library, February 2012.

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