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NEW YORK -- People genetically prone to Alzheimer's who went to college, worked in complex fields and stayed engaged intellectually held off the disease almost a decade longer than others, a study found. Lifelong intellectual activities such as playing music or reading kept the mind fit as people aged and also delayed Alzheimer's by years for those at risk of the disease who weren't college educated or worked at challenging jobs, the researchers said in a study. "Keeping your brain mentally stimulated is a lifelong enterprise," David Knopman, a study author and a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 28, 2014 D4

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