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Brain exercises may help delay onset of dementia

August 18, 2019 - 9:29 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive abilities. One of the most common forms is Alzheimer's disease. 

At the present time, the causes of Alzheimer's are not that clear and there are certainly no proven steps that we can take to prevent it. 

However, we are starting to learn certain things. For instance, problem solving exercises such as puzzles can help delay the onset of dementia and recently, there have been studies that show that learning a foreign language may also have a protective effect. 

The brain is not a muscle, but scientists are starting to think that you can actually help keep the brain vital and active by challenging it on a regular basis.