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Social Engagement Promotes Brain Health in Older Adults, Research Shows

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Alison Czinkota / Verywell Older people who report higher levels of social engagement show more gray matter in regions of the brain associated with dementia risk, according to research published in the Journal of Gerontology. Researchers looked at 293 participants of a larger initiative called the Health, Aging and Body Composition study, which has collected data since 1997 about the factors that may lead to decline of function in healthier older people.

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