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Back to school: Learning a new skill can slow cognitive aging

By: Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch Active aging involves more than moving your body. You also need to move your brain. “When you exercise, you engage your muscles to help improve overall health,” says Dr. Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric outpatient services for Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. “The same concept applies to the brain. You need to exercise it with new challenges to keep it healthy.” …

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