Studies analyze cognitive decline at the end of life

04/5/2012 | HealthDay News

Two studies from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago document the rapid decline in cognitive function at the end of life and show how being mentally active, through playing games and solving puzzles, can help maintain abilities. The research, published in the journal Neurology, showed that between two to three years before death, memory and thinking abilities declined much faster. While Alzheimer's disease might affect declines early on, other processes appear to affect cognition closer to death.

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