Card players stay sharp into their nineties

Posted: September 15, 2009

The New York Times has published a fascinating article and video on a unique group of senior citizens from Orange County who hold off dementia through rigorous mental activities like playing bridge. Some of these residents are participants in a decades-long study from USC on mental acuity among the elderly. The study reveals that men and women who maintain a high level of mental activity and social interaction stay sharp well beyond their peers. While the article acknowledges there is still much to learn from this kind of research, one thing is clear: we control our mental wellbeing much more than previously thought.

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