Arts and Crafts May Reduce Risk of Memory Problems in Seniors

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Arts and crafts are not just for kids at summer camp anymore. A new study finds that middle-age and older adults who do arts and crafts activities may reduce their risk of the memory problems that can lead to dementia.

In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers followed 256 people whose average age was 87 at the beginning of the study. Over four years, 121 participants developed mild cognitive impairment.

The individuals who engaged in artistic activities such as painting or drawing, in both middle age and when they were 85 and older, were 73 percent …read more