An active lifestyle is linked with good brain health in old age
Frequently engaging in social and intellectually stimulating activities is linked to better brain health in old age.
Leasure activities such as meeting friends or family, playing board games and cards, reading, playing a musical instrument, doing crafts, going to the cinema/ concert or a lecture, volunteering, shooting pool, going to a senior centre, participating in group activities, attending church are associated with large hippocampal volume (a region of the brain essential for memory) and whole-brain measures of white matter volume. Higher leisure activity levels are also related to less white matter damage. These are findings from a current review done by Lifebrain researchers at the Department of Pscyhiatry, University of Oxford.
Read more about the impact of leisure activities on brain health in the Lifebrain E-newsletter September, 2018