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books1A recent NPR story about staving off dementia in old age included many of the usual suggestions:

  • moderate aerobic exercise
  • mental exercises (Sudoku and the like)
  • learning a new language
  • staying social

One neuroscientist had an even better suggestion, though:

…the best advice might be to join a book group that walks and drinks red wine while talking about the book.

It covers everything. It’s also less likely to involve breaking a sweat, which is always good.