Mental activity

Regular mental activity is good for brain health.

Regularly challenging your brain with mentally stimulating activities is associated with better brain function and reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia.  Learning new things in study, at work and in leisure time all contributes to challenging the mind throughout life and helping the brain function efficiently.

The following pages explain the evidence that shows mental activity is important and provide some great ideas for exercising your brain.

What is the evidence? – how do we know being mentally active is important and how does it work?

Exercise your brain – what types of mental activities are beneficial?

Puzzles – challenging quizzes and links to brain teasers and activities

Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.


Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.



Dementia Australia would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians and carers of the country of Australia.