Being active in middle age appears to lower risk for dementia in women

Being active in middle age appears to lower risk for dementia in women

TIME (2/20, Park) reports that researchers have found that “mentally stimulating activities and physical exercise can independently lower people’s chances of developing many types of dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.”

HealthDay (2/20, Thompson) reports that researchers also found that “higher levels of physical activity reduced the risk of more vascular forms of dementia, regardless of how mentally active the women were,” whereas greater “levels of mental activity in midlife reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, regardless of how physically active the women were.” The findings were published online in Neurology.