Rural living keeps the mind sharp into old age, new study finds

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Scientists believe an absence of pollution, a more active lifestyle and reduced noise and stress all contribute to the trend.

Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study followed participants aged between 56 and 68, subjecting them to a series of cognitive tests at three intervals, which assessed their verbal and mathematical reasoning, verbal fluency, short-term memory, as well as the decline of these functions.

Over a decade, the cognitive decline of the country dwellers was on average 4.6 per cent less than the urban residents.

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