Studies have shown that physical activity can help keep dementia at bay but now new research suggests you do not have to get a gym membership to see the benefits.
Researchers at the University of Florida have found, seniors who expend the most energy doing routine chores like running errands, cleaning and taking care of relatives are the least likely to experience mental decline as they age.
Scientists looked at almost 200 older adults whose average age was 75.
They found the most active seniors burned about 1-thousand calories a day going about their daily routine.
Active seniors were 91 per cent less likely to experience declines in memory, concentration and language abilities after five years, compared to those in the least active group.