A puzzle a day really can keep dementia away

Just two hours a day spent keeping the mind and body busy is as effective at warding off dementia as drug treatment, research reveals.
Simple activities such as gardening, doing crosswords or sudoku, making snacks and singing helps keep the brain healthy, and even slow the course of dementia in sufferers already diagnosed with the condition. It confirms longstanding theories that keeping the brain active helps keep it healthy.
Researchers in Bavaria trialled a two-hour therapy session, called MAKS, in nursing homes for six days a week for a year. Sessions began with a 10-minute 'spiritual' introduction, in which the 98 participants discussed topics such as 'happiness', or sang a song or hymn.

Source  - Daily Mail