Washing dishes and cooking reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, research suggests
Cooking, washing dishes and gardening are household tasks that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by almost 20%, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Wednesday, 27.
The study authors even suggest that household activities are the second most effective way to prevent brain damage, second only to regular walking or cycling.
The study analyzed data from 500,000 UK residents, with an average age of 56, who did not have dementia. Their information was followed for 11 years, and at the end of that period, the researchers found that the group of participants who did housework regularly were 21% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.