Cul­tural keep­ers

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The co-or­di­na­tion re­quired to per­form the com­plex rou­tines used in kapa haka may slow the on­set of de­men­tia for Ma¯ori. Re­searchers say this may be due to be­ing able to speak an­other lan­guage in the

form of te reo and tak­ing part in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, “older Ma¯ori have sub­stan­tial roles in­volv­ing ad­vanced cog­ni­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and, along with kapa haka, cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties

may pro­vide greater cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion and thus preser­va­tion of cog­ni­tion with ad­vanced age.”

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