New York Times (June 11, 2009): Learning New Skills to Starve Off Dementia

Publication Date: 
Thu, 06/11/2009

At the age of 78, Bob Branham, a retired computer software developer in Dallas, Tex., took up quilting. It wasn't his idea, actually. He'd never dreamed of piecing together his own Amish diamond coverlet or rummaging around Jo-Ann Fabrics in search of calico prints.  But then he enrolled in a trial sponsored by the National Institute on Aging to assess whether learning a new skill can help preserve cognitive function in old age. By random assignment, he landed in the quilting group.

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/can-dementia-be-prevented