Learning new skill beats puzzles for boosting seniors’ memory

CBS News:

Want to work out your brain? A new study suggests you should put away that crossword puzzle, because learning new skills may be a more effective way to keep your mind sharp.

A new study in Psychological Science shows that frequently engaging in brain-teasing activities you love like puzzles may not be enough to noticeably stave off mental decline.

“It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something–it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially. When you’re inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone,” Denise Park, co-director for the Center for Vital Longevity, said in a press release.

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