"Recent research in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that engaging
your brain with challenging tasks can help ward off dementia and reduce your
risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 75 percent. So add some
complexity to your hobby from time to time: Learn a new stitch, try out a
new pattern or design something yourself."
Ok, so the news didn't have the last sentence, but the rest of it was discussed. They had suggested trying to do different things that would use the different parts of your brain. Apparently when Alzheimer's strikes, if you only use the same parts of your brain all the time you are more apt to develop the disease quickly and easily. But, if you use different parts of your brain, the Alzheimer's will take longer to spread becuase there would be more activity in the brain...or something like that. I'm not in the medical field so I can't explain it as well as the doctor on the news did (he even had pictures of different brains to show which ones only used one or two areas all the time, and ones that showed brains using many areas).
They went on to say that if you develop new talents, things you haven't done in the past, or challenge your brain (as suggested in the above quote), then you decrease your risk of Alzheimer's. At the time, I decided to try crossword puzzles because that is something I don't do.
Now I am working my brain (I guess) as I am working on my first ever pair of socks to knit. The are coming along slowly, but I will be done the cuff part in a few more rounds. I'm so excited about that! As I grow closer and closer to the heel, I am becoming more and more afraid...but I will work my brain and my hands and get these socks done because it is something I want to learn to do!
So, I challenge you to increase your brain power/usage and decrease your chance of dementia and Alzheimer's...try new stitches or make your own designs like the article said - or learn something new (like I am doing with the socks).