learning and mental exercise

What role does mental exercise play in reducing the risk of dementia?


Keeping the brain active is thought to build reserves of healthy brain cells and connections between them. The role that exercising the brain may play in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia has therefore been the subject of considerable research.


Numerous studies have suggested that engaging in more mentally stimulating activities throughout life is associated with better cognitive function, reduced cognitive decline and a reduced risk of developing dementia.


Activity that exercises the brain may build brain reserve that helps to compensate for the damage caused by Alzheimer’s or other diseases. Because the brain is able to compensate and keep functioning well, the onset of dementia may be delayed

Brain Exercise Ideas


  • Reading

  • Listening to the radio

  • Visiting museums

  • Taking a course

  • Learning a new language 

  • Playing musical instruments  

  • All kinds of art

  • Hobbies

  • Dancing

  • Gardening

  • Conversation 

  • Board games

  • Crosswords

  • Sudoku and other puzzles