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Learning new skills keeps aging minds sharp
We are constantly reminded to "use it or lose it," and new research from the University of Texas at Dallas shows the same is true for keeping your brain up to speed.
No one likes the idea of slowing down as they age, but a new study suggests that challenging yourself to learn a new skill can bring noticeable benefits to an aging mind.
The Administration on Aging predicts that there will be 72.1 million Americans aged 65 and over by the year 2030 - 19% of the population. And the new research provides insight into how everyday activities contribute to cognitive vitality as we age.
Lead researcher, Denise Park, PhD, from the University's School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, says:
"We need, as a society, to learn how to maintain a healthy mind, just like we know how to maintain vascular health with diet and exercise."
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