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Researchers: Learning New Things May Improve Memory

Baby boomers who want to improve their memory may find learning a challenging new skill helps them stay sharp.
Baby boomers who want to improve their memory may find learning a challenging new skill helps them stay sharp.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas recruited about 220 older adults.

Some learned things that were new and complicated, while others did more familiar activities -- those who took up digital photography and intricate quilting did better on memory tests than adults who played simple games or socialized.

Everyone committed to their routines for 15 hours a week for 3 months.

Researchers say the continuous mental work outs helped baby boomers maintain healthy, fine-tuned minds.

But if quilting isn't your thing, don’t fret. There are other things you can do first.

Work out daily, if you can, and eat a healthy diet. Make a conscious effort to focus by doing one thing at a time. Spend time with people you enjoy. This helps reduce stress and depression, conditions that can impact memory loss.

And if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, managing it effectively is good for your memory.

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