"My preference is to believe that all forms of cognitive engagement will help you to age better and protect against dementia," he noted.
Whether that cognitive engagement includes playing bridge or chess or learning multiple languages, Lipton said, "I want to believe what we do makes a difference."
Research presented at meetings has not been subjected to the same review process given to studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals, experts note.
For more information on memory loss and aging, visit the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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