The best ways to ward off dementia revealed, according to science

It’s finally been settled. The best way to protect yourself against dementia is to keep your brain stimulated, a major review suggests. 

People who regularly read books, played musical instruments or keep a personal diary have a 23 per cent lower risk of developing the condition.

The analysis of dozens of studies involving 2million middle-aged and older people also found physical activity was the next best thing for keeping the brain sharp.

Regularly playing sports, doing yoga or dancing was found to have a 17 per cent protective effect.

And people with a vibrant social lives appear to have a 7 per cent lower risk of developing dementia than loners.

Researchers said joining a club, volunteering, spending time with friends and families or going to religious events all had a positive…

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