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Tune the brain with leisurely pursuits!

Visiting your friends, going to the movies are some of the best ways to keep Alzheimer's at bay, says a study.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 15:30 IST

Just keeping busy and engaging in leisurely pursuits like visiting friends, seems to tune the brain and also keep Alzheimer's at bay, confirms a new study.

Researchers led by neuropsychologist Yaakov Stern of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons studied 1,800 older adults for up to seven years.

The more leisure pursuits they engaged in - even just visiting friends, playing cards or going to the movies - the lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's, they found, reported the online edition of USA Today.

The study found that better-educated people could sustain more brain damage before they lose mental ability. "I'm convinced they have resources that provide a reserve," Stern says.

Adults who lead stimulating lives may develop more neurons, more connections between neurons or more efficiency in using their brain cells, says another neurologist David Bennett of Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.

They may also create needed detours around brain blockages in response to the demands of daily life, much in the way a commuter is able to find quicker routes home.