Digital Photography Better for Elderly Brains than Crosswords

A study has shown that trying new things is more beneficial than just keeping the brain active. In the study, participants were divided into three groups: learning digital photography, quilting, or both. The study’s purpose is to see what learning a brand new skill does for the brain and memory compared to an activity that is relatively familiar. According to Dr. Denise Park, of Texas University in Dallas, "The findings suggest engagement alone is not enough. The three learning groups were pushed very hard to keep learning more and mastering more tasks and skills. Only the groups that were confronted with continuous and prolonged mental challenge improved."
The Telegraph, October 21, 2013