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Gardening is 'one of best ways' to avoid dementia

Gardening is 'one of best ways' to avoid dementia
30th March 2009

There are a number of ways for people to avoid the problems of dementia from creeping up on them in later life, according to a health expert.

Writing for the Orlando Sentinel, Linda Shrieves said that timing is very important in facing up to the problems dementia may bring, recommending that people actively engage themselves in activities from the age of 30 onwards, if not earlier.

She said that keeping active in older age is a great way to stimulate the mind, such as through volunteering for charity work to avoid feeling lost in life.

Ms Shrieves particularly emphasised the importance of gardening: "Researchers in New Zealand found that of 1,000 people those who gardened regularly were less likely to suffer from dementia.

"Not only does gardening reduce stress but gardeners use their brains to plan gardens; they use visual and spatial reasoning to lay out a garden."

Around 700,000 people in the UK have dementia, with the number expected to top one million in the next few years.

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