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Where you live may protect you from dementia

Category: Museums and Aging

“Additionally, as COVID-19 has changed the day-to-day lives of aging Americans, it is critical to understand which neighborhood environments can buffer the impact of the pandemic on cognitive decline.”

–Philippa Clarke, professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health and research professor, ISR Survey Research Center.

A trio of studies shows that urban and suburban neighborhoods that provide opportunities for socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation may help preserve older adults' cognitive health. Those who had access to intellectually stimulating places such as museums, higher education campuses, and libraries had about a five-year difference in cognitive age compared to those who had little to no access to such places.

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