Do benefits of physical, mental activity on thinking differ
Studies have shown that physical and mental activity help preserve thinking skills and delay dementia. The study looked at the effects of physical and mental activities, such as reading, going to classes, or playing cards or games, on cognitive reserve in the areas of thinking speed and memory. Cognitive reserve is the buffer that occurs when people have strong thinking skills even when their brains show signs of the underlying changes associated with cognitive impairment and dementia. Greater physical activity was not associated with memory reserve in men or women.