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Volunteeri­ng has been linked to better mood and less stress, and scientists in the Journal of the

American Geriatrics Society now report it can safeguard brainpower for years as well. In a study of 13,262 adults, those who volunteere­d just four or more times over the 14-year study were 258 percent more likely to retain their cognitive power than those who didn’t give their time. Study author Frank Infurna, Ph.D., says volunteeri­ng promotes mental, social and physical activity and compassion eases inflammati­on linked to cognitive slowdown.

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