We are told from a very young age the importance of reading, writing and arithmetic, right?  Well, it appears science has confirmed the use of the "Three R's" just may help ward off dementia!

According to the study conducted at the Ruch University Medical Center in Chicago:

"The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities both early and late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not participate in such activities across their lifetime, after adjusting for differing levels of plaques and tangles in the brain. Mental activity accounted for nearly 15 percent of the difference in decline beyond what is explained by plaques and tangles in the brain.

"Based on this, we shouldn't underestimate the effects of everyday activities, such as reading and writing, on our children, ourselves and our parents or grandparents," said Wilson.

So, turn the TV off and grab a book, keep a journal, download an app such a Lumosity (see my previous post on apps for seniors) and exercise your mind!