New research suggests the key to keeping our brain healthy during the aging process is to engage in diverse activities regularly, beginning in young adulthood. Activity diversification was found to be especially important for older adult’s psychological well-being.
University of South Florida (USF) investigators believe maintaining cognitive function throughout adulthood is fostered by participation in diverse activities beginning in the mid-30’s. This is a busy time for most adults as career advancement is often a primary concern, as well as the start of a new family and associated responsibilities.
The study, which appears in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, discovered that those who increased activity diversity over the decade exhibited higher levels of cognitive functioning than those who maintained lower or decreased activity diversity.