Health: Study Finds that Art Improves Cognitive Health

Three cheers for art class! Studies have shown that following creative activities may actually stave off dementia. The study, conducted by Mayo Clinic’s National Institute on Aging, was carried out over four years and included on 256 participants with a median age of 87. Research showed that people who engage in activities like painting or sculpting  in middle and old age may be 73% less likely to have memory problems. Additionally, those who participate in activities like wood-working or sewing are 45% less likely to have cognitive issues. Memory or cognitive problems can eventually lead to dementia. “The key to this study is prevention,” said Dr. Rosebud Roberts, the leader of the study. Everyone is affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. To know that we can do something now makes a big impact. We can actually help ourselves.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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