Social Engagement Helps Brain Health

•Elderly persons with less social engagement, fewer social ties and less social interactions are at increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia (Bussuk 1999; Fratiglioni  2000; Amne 2002; Seeman 2001).

•Emotional support, sports activities, cultural activities, and having confidants seem to be protective factors for AD  (Wang 2002; Bernhardt 2002; Graves 1999).

•Older persons who keep their brains intellectually active and participate in social activities are 38% less likely to develop dementia. (Tufts Univ.)

•Alzheimer transgenic mice studies shows social/cognitive stimulation helps reduce beta-amyloid. (Sisodia, 2005)

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