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Learning Boosts Brainpower At Any Age

If you want to keep your brain sharp as you age, commit to learning something new every day and mix up your routine. New information and experiences stimulate the neurons in the brain that help keep your mind healthy and active. In a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers taught 60-year-old adults how to juggle. Afterward, scans of the subjects’ brains showed growth in a gray-matter region that processes complex visual information. You don’t have to take up juggling to stay sharp. Just venture out of your comfort zone each day and learn something new.

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