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Published on: February 14, 2017
by Janice Lloyd for AARP:
Hobbies such as knitting and crocheting are good ways to keep your hands active, but they may also help you stitch together healthy brain function.
The benefits range from reducing stress to thinking creatively to improving memory, all of which may help prevent or slow the onset of age-related dementia, according to a growing body of research.
The studies found knitters and people engaging in other mentally challenging crafts have:
Even for the nonjoiners, the knitting process eliminates stress because it brings about a calming and soothing form of meditation and relaxation.
Knitting and crocheting are hot, according to the Craft Yarn Council, which represents leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, and magazine and book publishers. About 38 million Americans are involved. Even Albert Einstein got in on the act. The genius enjoyed knitting when he took his brain breaks.
“Having a tool at hand to manage stress on a daily basis is important for facilitating the growth of new neural pathways and a healthy brain,’’ Corkhill said.
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