ANCHOR LEAD : EVIDENCE IS MOUNTING THAT BRAIN ACTIVITIES REDUCE DEMENTIA RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Exercises to improve reasoning and memory continue to have a benefit years later, a recent study concluded, and also may help people remain independent longer. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer’s disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says the current study builds on one reported several years ago.
LYKETSOS: What was found was that A, there was benefit from specific skill to specific skill, so memory helped memory but not reasoning, and reasoning helped reasoning but not memory, and nothing seemed to benefit daily functioning, so there was not that generalization. So they followed these people up over five years, they did not give them any additional intervention. They found in this new study two things: first, yes, there’s improvement that’s sustained. The other major finding was that there was starting now to be a signal to daily living activities. :32
Multiple activities to exercise different skills are key, Lyketsos says. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.