The constant exercising of the brain through activities such as playing video games and reading books could prevent memory loss in later life, it has been stated.
Research will be presented to the American Academy of Neurology's 61st annual meeting in late April, and could be an important facet of how doctors understand young onset dementia and other memory problems associated with conditions like Alzheimer's disease.
Study author Yonas Geda, a neuropsychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota's Rochester facility, said the study is exciting due to the demonstration of aging not being a passive process and cognitive exercise allowing the brain to stay fresh.
The expert continued: "Of course, the challenge with this type of research is that we are relying on past memories of the participants, therefore we need to confirm these findings with additional research."
Other conditions which can result in memory loss are Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.
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