Keeping your mind active from cradle to grave is an important predictor of one’s risk of dementia. So says a new study published in Neurology

Dr James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, added: "More research and bigger studies are needed, but in the meantime reading more and doing crosswords can be enjoyable and certainly won't do you any harm. The best way to reduce your risk of developing dementia is to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight."