Study: Leisure activity may help older adults’ brains

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FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, an elderly couple walks down a hall in Easton, Pa. Research released on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 suggests many American adults inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(CNN) — Researchers say light physical activity could help older Americans stay mentally strong.

Scientists from Columbia University looked at brain shrinkage in older adults.

They assessed activities like walking, gardening, swimming and dancing.

They found people who were more active had larger brain volumes.

According to experts, the brain generally shrinks with increasing age, typically starting when you’re around 60 or 70-years-old.

It can lead to slowing processing and limited cognitive functions in the elderly.

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