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Staying active and cultural in middle-age lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer's, a new study finds.
Researchers said women who exercised and performed activities such as playing instruments or going to concerts were nearly 50% less likely to develop Alzheimer's than women who did not.
Previous studies have focused on how dementia risk is associated with performing physical activities or cultural activities individually.
But the team, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, says its study is among the first to show how the two work best in conjunction to prevent or slow down the symptoms of the age-related brain disease.