CHICAGO (CBS) — New research from Chicago suggests that keeping physically active can also keep you mentally fit.

As WBBM Newsrasdio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, doctors at Rush University Medical Center followed older people whose average age was 82.

Dr. Aron Buchman says those who were the most physically active were more than two times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

“People with the highest levels of activity had a much lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, as well as having a much slower rate of cognitive decline over the course of the study,” Buchman said.

Buchman says he is not talking about working out at the gym, but rather the most basic kinds of activity such as cooking, washing dishes, and even playing cards.

He says it shows that avoiding a sedentary life is a promising and low-cost method of preventing Alzheimer’s.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

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